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FEBRUARY 27, 2008 -- SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Big Y Foods, Inc. here has promoted Michael P. D'Amour to the new position of v.p. of fresh foods, In his new role D'Amour handle all aspects of the produce, floral, deli, bakery, foodservice, seafood and meat departments at the regional chain. As well as developing a long-term fresh food strategy for Big Y, he will oversee all aspects related to these departments, including financials, training and development, merchandising, advertising, and links to operations. D'Amour will report to v.p. of sales Phillip J. Schneider.
D'Amour began working at Big Y in 1987 as a service clerk in the East Longmeadow, Mass. supermarket. He has worked in all areas of the markets, among them grocery, deli and foodservice. In 1996, he worked in deli and foodservice management at the West Springfield, Mass. World Class Market. Two years later he became a trainer/merchandiser for the chain within the foodservice department. After completing the store manager-training program, he was named assistant store manager at the Manchester, Conn. and then Westfield, Mass. Big Y World Class Markets. By 2000, he had risen to become store manager in the Rocky Hill, Conn. Big Y. In 2001 he opened the new Big Y World Class Market in East Windsor, Conn.
D'Amour left the operations team in 2002 to become a category manager for the frozen foods and dairy departments, followed by the same position in the produce department in 2004, until he was appointed both director and senior director of fresh foods.
Outside of his Big Y experience, D'Amour was a store representative for the former Food Enterprises food broker and had worked in food and beverage services at his college's student center.
One of the largest independently owned supermarket chains in New England, family-owned and -operated Big Y operates 57 stores throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts, with over 9,800 employees.