Big Y opens store in Old Saybrook, Connecticut; 67th store for Springfield chain

SPRINGFIELD – Big Y Foods Inc. based here plans to have a grand opening Aug. 21 for its new, $9 million, store in Old Saybrook, Conn.

The 54,300-square-foot Old Saybrook store features 14 aisles, described as “extra-wide in the news release, as well as two charging stations for electric vehicles.

It is the chain’s 67th store.

Through the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Program Big Y installed more than a dozen energy efficient technologies which will reduce electrical consumption by more than 550,000 kilowatt hours per year, an equivalent to removing 80 cars off the road annually or providing electricity for 52 homes.

Store director, Bob Rainville, will manage this market. He has been in the supermarket industry for 30 years starting at Big Y in 1988 as a night crew clerk. He was later promoted to assistant grocery manager, dairy manager and grocery manager. He participated in Big Y’ store manager training program in 1992 and became a store director in 1993.

The store has all the usual departments, meat, dairy, along with pizza, sushi, fish-and chips as well as a pharmacy.

Big Y hired 80 new employees for the 140-member staff. The new staff have been training in other Big Y locations in Guilford and Old Lyme since June.

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