Big Y Foods has completed renovations to its Milford and Easton, Massachusetts, stores. Construction began in Milford in February and cost $1.9 million, while construction in Easton began last October and cost $1.6 million. The company said it spent a total of more than $5.4 million on the renovations.
Springfield, Massachusetts-based Big Y said the upgrades included major renovations in many areas of each store and new additions in response to changing customer needs.
The Easton store now has a Big Y Pizza Shop. The upgraded sales floor in Easton also features a new sandwich station that offers fresh, made-to-order grinders as well as a donut frying operation in the bakery. Easton also has a new fish fry station as well as new fresh display cases in the seafood and meat departments.
Milford shoppers will find a new seafood department with a fish fry operation, new bakery displays, a new foodservice department and a new café for customers to relax in. New décor, fixtures and LED lighting were installed in many departments, and additional cosmetic upgrades can be found throughout both stores.
Another new feature in both stores is self-scan registers to speed up the checkout process for customers who want that convenience.
The store director in Easton is Kevin Petrillo. The store currently has 164 employees and already has added 10 additional staff members to coincide with the remodel.
The Milford store director is Karen Sultan. The store currently has 135 employees and added five more to coincide with the remodel. That store currently is looking for a full-time assistant night crew chief.
As part of the celebrations, every school K-12 within each town will receive 500,000 Big Y Education Express points that can be used to obtain free equipment for their schools. Education Express is Big Y’s program to help local schools get free, much-needed supplies and equipment. Introduced in 1993, Education Express is an innovative program that takes the burden off the individual schools and teachers and allows the community to provide support. Since 1993, with customers’ help, more than 2,000 local schools have received approximately $14 million of supplies and equipment through the Education Express program.
The Big Y markets in Milford and Easton originally opened on Sept. 10, 2016, after Big Y acquired eight stores from Hannaford.
Big Y operates 78 stores in Massachusetts and Connecticut, including 70 supermarkets, 39 pharmacies, Fresh Acres Market, Table & Vine Fine Wines and Liquors and six Big Y Express gas and convenience locations. The company has about 11,000 employees.