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    Big Y Store Ups Offerings

    Location adds fresh, natural/organic, gluten-free items

    By Bridget Goldschmidt, Stagnito Business Information

    The Meriden, Conn., Big Y World Class Market at 533 South Broad Street is the latest of the grocer's stores to add new lunch and dinner options, in addition to several other gluten-free and organic items.

    With just a small investment – less than $100,000 – the location is bringing in more fresh foods such as custom-made sandwiches, hot and cold soups, and fresh-fried jumbo chicken tenders, all available at the store’s full-service sandwich shop.

    The 679 newly added natural and organic items run the gamut from beverages and milk substitutes to condiments, snacks, health and beauty care, and cleaning supplies. Further, the location’s 355 gluten-free selections now include a range of frozen foods, while bulk natural and organic granolas, grains, oats, nuts, seeds, and rice make it easy to purchase just what’s needed.

    Warm Welcome

    Meriden Big Y World Class Market Store Director Ben Cardwell said that "we know that our Meriden area customers will appreciate [the additions]. They've already tried some new items and are looking forward to many more."

    Springfield, Mass.-based, family-owned and -operated Big Y, one of the largest independently owned supermarket chains in New England, operates 61 stores in Connecticut and Massachusetts, with more than 10,000 employees.

    By Bridget Goldschmidt, Stagnito Business Information
    • About Bridget Goldschmidt In addition to serving as Progressive Grocer’s Managing Editor, Bridget writes many print and digital features encompassing a range of grocery and fresh categories across the store. Bridget also enjoys on-site reporting assignments at such key industry events as the New York Fancy Food Show and the International Boston Seafood Show, in addition to visiting stores for PG’s prestigious Store of the Month feature. In her years with the magazine, she has developed into a knowledgeable voice on grocery industry trends, sought by such distinguished publications as The New York Times.

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