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Snapshot: Big Y World Class Market - South Hadley, MA

Big Y World Class Market Owner: D'Amour family Opened:  1997 or 1998 Previous Tenants:  none Location:  44 Willamanset St, South Hadley, MA Photographed:  April 5, 2019 Yesterday we saw a Big Y in Lee, and today we're about 9 miles north of Springfield for another location in South Hadley! This store is around 59,000 square feet and was built in 1997, opening either that year or the following year. Big Y also owned a now-demolished former A&P in town, which they closed in early 2013 . Tomorrow we're crossing the Connecticut River to the west to see a store in Holyoke!

TOUR: Big Y World Class Market - Lee, MA

Big Y World Class Market Owner: D'Amour family Opened: November 3, 2011 Previous Tenants:  none Location:  10 Pleasant St, Lee, MA Photographed:  June 10, 2022 And it's time for our first Big Y tour here in Massachusetts! Big Y is a family-owned chain based in Springfield of around 75 stores. It dates back to 1936, when Charles D'Amour opened the Y Cash Market at a y-intersection in Chicopee. This store was a new-build in 2011, and it seems to have been renovated fairly recently before I visited. The store has a layout pretty similar to most Big Y stores. They have stores across Massachusetts and Connecticut and cover a pretty wide geographic area, stretching from basically Boston suburbs in the northeast to Bridgeport suburbs in the southwest. Their home base and strongest area is in the Springfield and western Massachusetts area. This is a variation on the latest Big Y decor package, which as you might notice is not that different from the Inserra decor , for instance. T

88 W Park St, Lee, MA

Original Grocery Tenant: Price Chopper Address: 88 W Park St, Lee, MA Opened:  unknown Closed:  2017 Later Tenants:  vacant Photographed:  May 28, 2021 Welcome to Massachusetts! Our first stop is in the far western part of the state, in the Berkshires. We're not quite 10 miles east from the New York border. This building of around 17,000 square feet was a Price Chopper until 2017, when the small-format store closed. In fact, Price Chopper used this as one of a group of test stores for this smaller format setup back in the 1980s-90s or so. I don't know if it's been a Price Chopper for its whole life. The supermarket has, to my knowledge, remained vacant since it closed. I don't think anything has happened with it. In fact, when I visited in 2021, it still looked like the store had just recently closed. The store was cleaned out, though. The fixtures were probably sent to other stores or sold. Price Chopper signage remained around the store! The property is set to be re

Coming Soon!

Welcome to Massachusetts! I hope you had a great spring break, and check out the Spring Memorabilia Extravaganza if you haven't yet! It's time to get serious about New England, and that means starting Massachusetts. Given that I lived here for five years (most of that time in Worcester, but some time in Boston), my coverage is pretty extensive in and around those cities -- but limited in some areas, like here in western Massachusetts, because I didn't have a car and my trusty bike would only get me so far. For the next two weeks or so, we'll be in western Mass a little and then around Springfield for a longer time. We're going to make stops in Lee, which is in the Berkshires, and then near Springfield in South Hadley, Holyoke, Chicopee, and then into Springfield itself, with one final stop in Ludlow just east of the city for good measure. This is Big Y country, with the regional chain's headquarters in Springfield, but there are also other chains out here and q

Memorabilia Day 9: Lots More!

It's the last day of our Spring Memorabilia Extravaganza and we're going out with a bang with a whole lot of different stores we haven't seen yet! Associated Grocers of Colorado Associated Grocers of Colorado is not a name I'm familiar with, but it looks like they were in business until bankruptcy in 1992 . Today, Associated Food Stores has locations in Colorado. Clover Farm We've discussed Clover Farm when it comes to memorabilia before, but it's a long-defunct group of small, independent grocers, many of which seem to have been located in small towns. Food Club We saw Food Club a few days ago from a Shaw's , but I don't know where this one came from. It looks to be around the same age as that one. This one was spotted in central PA, so I doubt it came from Shaw's! Great American This appears to be a package from The Great American Tea Company, a predecessor to A&P (the brand was switched to The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company in the