Big Y Announces Plans for New Simsbury Location

Simsbury Big Y is expected to open by spring of 2014.


Simsbury residents will once again have a third option when it comes to stocking up on groceries and household supplies.

Big Y, an independently owned New England supermarket chain, recently announced plans to open a new location in the north end of Simsbury.

In a letter sent to town officials on June 13, the company announced plans for a new 53,000 square foot Big Y World Class Market to be built on the former Wagner Ford property located at 1313 Hopmeadow Street.

The company plans to invest $12 million in the new location and expects to add 125 full and part-time employees to staff the store, according to the letter.

The announcement of the new store follows the town's loss of Andy's Market which closed its doors after 33 years in March. Fitzgerald's Foods and Stop & Shop are the two remaining supermarkets in Simsbury.

Big Y plans to construct the store in a manner that recognizes the history of the area and will use stones from an existing barn in the landscaping of the store's entrance. The company also aims to match the look of the town's existing lighting fixtures along Hopmeadow Street, according to the letter.

The company has proposed a connection to the bike path and will incorporate bike racks on the property. The proposal also includes plans for mobile charging stations for electric vehicles.

Headquartered in Springfield, Mass., the company currently operates 64 locations in Connecticut and Massachussetts.

The company anticipates opening the new location in the spring of 2014.

Mike Googs June 25, 2012 at 07:42 PM
And where will you go? Traffic will not be a nightmare. I'm sure that's what was said about building the stop and shop. No real traffic problems there.
Shannon Kane Lyons June 26, 2012 at 04:08 AM
In regards to Kane's -my dad and our family think this is great news for us. We plan to differentiate the business going forward bringing in more organic, locally grown and prepared foods, complete meals, and high quality items. We welcome Big Y yet understand how imperative local small businesses are to the Farmington Valley community and economy. With successful local small businesses our economy will thrive. I have seen the flip side of no local economy just take a drive through Warwick, RI. Everyone thank you for your support ! Like Sara said please vote for us on www.missionsmallbusiness.com, its amazing the votes as of today are at 199 so close ! Here's to gettin' creative !
M June 26, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Perfectly said! Kane's has a wonderful niche and I am sure they will do well. Many in the area like to support local businesses and I don't doubt that community support will continue. I live in this area and I frequent Kane's, Fitzgerald's and S&S Granby. I am glad to have another option for my 'big box grocery' needs, as I am not always happy with the service and selection at S&S. I don't believe that complaining (previous replies) about the Canton (Avon?) Big Y is valid. People who live close enough to this new location are not going to travel that far for grocery shopping anyhow. This new location will service a different customer base. This stretch of Route 10 has been empty and a terrible eyesore for years now. I am thrilled that this area will be revitalized a bit... it will only help the property values for those of us in the area.
M June 26, 2012 at 04:23 PM
The current state of this section of Route 10 is doing nothing to help your property value. If you are close enough to the Big Y to be affected, then you are already close enough to the S&S on Route 10 to be affected... they are both the same type of store.
esamphowe September 09, 2012 at 06:13 PM
I live in Longmeadow, MA, and there has been a Big Y here, for years! We also have an IGA. But, there was also another small market in town a few years ago, and now that little guy is gone. Many of us really miss that small grocer. So who knows for sure what will happen. The small IGA stoes here is still going strong.


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