Big Y Foods announced plans to open a World Class Market in Derby, Connecticut, in 2019.
This market, located at 656 New Haven Avenue, would be nearly 60,000 s.f. within a soon-to-be redeveloped 177,000-s.f. retail center. This location will be the 71st store for Big 7, which operates stores in Connecticut and Massachusetts.
This will be the chain’s eighth World Class Market in southern Connecticut. The company has existing stores in Ansonia, Branford, Cheshire, Guilford, Meriden, North Branford, North Haven and Naugatuck.
The proposed Derby Big Y World Class Market represents an investment of more than $5 million by Big Y into the local community. In addition, the project will provide several opportunities for local contractors during the construction process. More than 150 full- and part-time positions will be created when the store opens.
“We are excited to announce this addition to our Connecticut community of stores,” said Charles D’Amour, president and COO of Big Y, which is based in Springfield, Massachusetts. “We look forward to bringing Big Y’s world class service, quality and selection closer to shoppers in Derby and surrounding communities.”
World Class Markets feature prepared meals like freshly made pizzas and rotisserie chicken dinners; fresh cooked-to-order fish and chips; a broad selection of specialty and local foods; a full-service butcher shop; seafood direct from New England piers; and an extensive produce department that offers more than 500 different items—organics as well as fruits and vegetables from local farms and orchards.
In addition, there will be a full-service pharmacy located within the supermarket.
This shopping center is being redeveloped and marketed by DLC Management Corp. of Elmsford, New York. As part of the project, DLC plans overhaul the center with a multi-million-dollar renovation that will include façade modernization, parking lot repaving/restriping, sidewalk repairs, streetscape and landscape enhancements along with lighting improvements.
“We at DLC are extremely thrilled about this project. To bring a brand like Big Y to Derby will have such a profound impact on the local community and economy,” said Chris Ressa, DLC’s SVP of leasing. “We are honored to be a part of this development and remain committed to making Derby a remarkable place to live, work, shop and dine.”