Big Y supermarket coming to Milford

Big Y is hoping to open a store in Milford 150 Boston Post Road.

Big Y is hoping to open a store in Milford 150 Boston Post Road.

Plans are underway for a Big Y supermarket to be built at 150 Boston Post Road next to the plaza housing an Aldi store and a few blocks from a Super Stop & Shop.

Big Y Foods announced this week that, pending local approvals, the store will be a free-standing supermarket of about 55,000 square feet. It will be the 73rd Big Y market in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Mayor Ben Blake said it will be good for the city and its location is ideal because it will “open up” the commercial corridor in that area of the road.

“It’s part of our good economic development,” Blake said, noting the city is in such sound economic shape that taxes have decreased the last three years.

Asked what he thought of another supermarket in a city where there are two Shop & Shops, a huge Shoprite and an Aldi’s, Blake said such store chains use “sophisticated” research to determine what the market needs.

A news release from the company said Big Y “maintains a strong presence” in New Haven County and this will be the chain’s 10th “Big Y World Class Market,” as the company calls its stores, there.

Another store is scheduled to open in Derby in 2019 and there are Big Y stores in Ansonia, Branford, Cheshire, Guilford, Meriden, Naugatuck, North Haven and North Branford.

The release said the proposed store will provide numerous opportunities for local contractors and more than 130 full- and part-time positions once the store opens.

The project is moving through the local approval process.

The market “will rival the finest markets in the world with superior customer service, locally sourced fruits and vegetables, fresh sushi, an extensive gluten free assortment and organic items along with other locally produced offerings,” the release said.

“We look forward to bringing Big Y’s world class service, quality and selection closer to shoppers in Milford and surrounding communities,” said Charles D’Amour, Big Y’s president and chief operating officer.

The store will focus on saving customers time, energy and money, he said.

The property is owned by Metro Star Properties, a popular city developer.

“We see the proposed Big Y market as a wonderful addition to the Milford retail landscape,” said Robert Smith Jr., managing director of Metro Star. “Big Y is a first-class organization, committed to quality products and warm friendly service to their customers.”

Company officials say their market highlights include prepared meals, including freshly made pizzas and rotisserie chicken dinners, stir fry, fresh cooked-to-order fish and chips, a broad selection of specialty and local foods, a wide array of organic and gluten-free products, a full-service butcher shop andseafood direct from New England piers.

The produce department, company officials said, “Offers over 500 different items, including organics as well as fruits and vegetables from local farms and orchards.” Big Y produce buyers work with local growers to sell as much native produce as possible throughout the growing season, the release states.

The company is committed to giving back to the communities it serves, the release said, and it donates food valued at more than $4.5 million to local nonprofit organizations, schools, churches and educational programs each year. The company also awards 300 scholarships worth $250,000 annually to academically outstanding students in their market area. Another of Big Y’s educational initiatives, the “Education Express Program,” has helped more than 2,000 local schools earn more then $11.5 million in teaching materials and educational equipment.

Founded in 1936 by brothers Paul and Gerald D’Amour, the store was named after an intersection in Chicopee, Mass., where two roads converge to form a “Y,” company officials said.