Big Y is a family owned and family oriented retail food company serving people’s at home food needs. The first store was opened in 1936, by the Paul D’Amour and his brother Gerry, in the Willimansett section of Chicopee, MA at the intersection where two roads converge to form a Y, under the Y Cash Market.

In 1952 the brothers took a radical step and opened a 10,000 square foot store, nearly twice as large as most grocery stores at the time. Located in Chicopee, MA at the rotary near the entrance to Westover Air Force Base.

Increased activity at the base created an economic boom in the area which included several new housing developments. Because it was so much larger than typical markets in the area and was the first ‘modern’ supermarket in the city of Chicopee, the brothers settled on the name Big Y Supermarket.
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