Springfield, Massachusetts-based Big Y said July 22 that it will relocate its Big Y World Class Market in Ansonia, Connecticut, to a location about three miles away, in Derby.
The existing store sits at 403 Main Street in Ansonia. Construction currently is underway at the new “state-of-the art market” in Derby that is expected to open this fall. No transition dates have thus far been determined.
The grocer said the new store will allow for “added features in response to changing consumer tastes, with expanded ready-to-eat meals, more specialty products, including organic and gluten-free options, a wider array of locally sourced fruits and vegetables along with hundreds of local products throughout every department in the store.”
Big Y said that all current Ansonia employees will be offered an opportunity to transition to another position at a nearby Big Y, as there are several current openings in addition to the new store. Those not interested in transferring to another location will be offered a completion bonus along with Big Y’s employee assistance program.
In anticipation of staffing the new Derby location, Big Y plans to open a hiring site as the store will need about an additional 140 employees.
More specific hiring site information will be available in September.
Big Y Foods Inc. operates 82 locations in Massachusetts and Connecticut, including 70 supermarkets, Fresh Acres Market, Table & Vine Fine Wines and Liquors and 10 Big Y Express gas and convenience locations. It has 11,000 employees and has been named a 2018 Employer of Choice by the Employers Association of the Northeast. Founded in 1936 by brothers Paul and Gerald D’Amour, the store was named after an intersection in Chicopee, Massachusetts, where two roads converge to form a Y.