Big Y Foods plans to build a new “downtown format” store in Springfield, Mass., which is expected to open next year.
Called Big Y Express Fresh Market, the 10,000 square foot store will occupy vacant space on the ground floor of the 28-story Tower Square building at 1500 Main St. in downtown Springfield, Big Y said Monday. . The tower is the anchor of a mixed-use complex comprising offices, a hotel, retail, restaurants, services, educational institutions and community spaces.
Big Y Express Fresh Market will carry a “full assortment” of items from each grocery aisle, although the new store concept is “not a full supermarket due to its size,” according to Springfield-based Big Y. prepared meals and sandwiches as well as natural and organic products and everyday basic products. A sushi chef will also be on hand to prepare fresh sushi daily.
“We are thrilled to bring a whole new concept to downtown Springfield,” said Colin D’Amour, senior manager of Big Y Express, Big Y Food’s convenience store banner, in a statement. “We’ve known there’s been an appetite for fresh, local Big Y food for many years now. We are confident that customers will appreciate our many offerings. We are working diligently with our contractors to establish an opening schedule and are excited to be part of the downtown community.
Big Y Foods also operates 13 small convenience/fuel stores under the Big Y Express banner.
Big Y Express Fresh Market will be approximately one-fifth the size of a typical Big Y World Class Market supermarket, which spans approximately 55,000 square feet. Some of the retailer’s largest Big Y Express convenience stores are around 2,000 square feet, with several legacy stores a bit smaller.
“We don’t have a specific SKU number that we’re targeting,” D’Amour said of Express Fresh Market in an email. “We are working diligently to identify key offerings in each department that we believe will meet a wide range of customers’ home food needs.”
Big Y noted that the immediate area includes downtown residents, office workers, UMass classrooms and YMCA daycare, among others, who are looking for more convenient food retail options.
“We have been very interested in serving downtown Springfield residents and professionals for some time now and are excited about this unique opportunity,” said D’Amour. “We are currently focused on creating the best possible market for Springfield and have no active plans for additional locations.”
Overall, Big Y Foods operates 85 stores in Massachusetts and Connecticut, including 71 Big Y World Class Market supermarkets, one Table & Vine Fine Wines & Liquors store, and 13 Big Y Express convenience/fuel stores. Big Y Express Fresh Market will be the company’s fourth retail banner.
“We have a signed lease in place, so we are committed to opening this location as soon as possible,” D’Amour said. “Current lead times for much of the equipment means we will likely be looking at something in early 2023. We are working closely with our partners to try to speed this lead time as much as possible.”