Why Big Y? It's the formation of an intersection of two converging roads in Chicopee, Mass., where Big Y began in 1936 when the late Paul D'Amour, a Wonder Bread route salesman, purchased his first store, the 900-square-foot Y Cash Market. The Big was added to the letter Y in 1952 when the D'Amour family opened its third store, a 10,000-square-foot modern supermarket in Chicopee. Big Y Foods was incorporated in 1947, and run by Paul with his brother Gerald, a co-founder, and other family ...

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