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.

Janice Kern June 20, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Why? So they could put the other local grocery store out of business. There may be ONLY 3 in Simsbury (3 is a lot for the amount of people in the town) but the proximity to Avon, Canton and Granby grocery stores is so close. Within 5-10 miles from where I live, I can go to Big Y, 2 Stop and Shops (3 maybe with Bloomfield) Fresh Market, Shop Rite, Fitzgerald's Food, and probably more, why do we need another Big Y 5 miles from where there is currently one? How about putting one in the food desert of Hartford, where people (some without cars ) have small corner stores and barely any affordable healthy produce, and I'm sure where the unemployment rate is higher. This is a bad move
Marcie June 20, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Ugh, I don't know how I feel about this.
Wyatt June 20, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Because Big Y is running a business, not a charity. A business's goal is to make money and compete with others for more market share, not to ensure the survival of competitors or to help out low-income people in Hartford.
Cameron June 20, 2012 at 05:21 PM
This is a stupid idea, Not only is there going to be 3 supermarkets in simsbury (Kane's market, Fitzgeralds, and Stop and Shop) but a big Y across from Kane's is a bad move. Kane's is an awesome store and there are atkeat 10 grocery stores within 10 miles
Dave June 20, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Kanes will be the first to close, then Fitzi's will follow soon after.
Pamela Kelley June 20, 2012 at 07:56 PM
If Andy's couldn't stay solvent what makes Big Y think it can? It's up to us to keep the little guys going though - you choose where to spend your $ and that determines what your town's make up is. Unfortunately too many people don't think in those terms.
Nancy Dornenburg June 20, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Agree. Why another huge grocery store?? This is not a great move for Simsbury and Simsbury's small (food) markets.
Jill June 20, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Well , I'm curious as to what everyone would want to go into this dismal, blighted business area that we know as the old Wagner Ford? Have you driven by this desolate, depressing spot lately? I'm sure the community development officers of Simsbury town have worked hard to attract businesses to occupy this area. It has been years since Wagners closed. Would you like a Walmart or Target in there? Who else is going to spend $12 million on this deserted spot? Kane's should do fine- their superior quality of food will not be found at Big Y. And this will give Stop n Shop in Granby a run for their money with the added competition. We should all be happy someone is confident enough to invest in our community these days.
Journeying June 20, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Seems like a rather huge building to be built on that land. I do think Fitzgeralds and Kane's will have a hard time and business will fall off. I think about how much traffic (truck deliveries) this is going to produce. I would rather see local independent places here. There has to be better options.
Sarah Floroski Nielsen June 20, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Cameron - if you feel that way about Kane's, please show your support by visiting www.missionsmallbusiness.com and voting for them. It only takes 2 minutes.
Sarah Floroski Nielsen June 20, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Nancy - please consider showing your support for Kanes (and RJ's Spirit Shop by visiting www.missionsmallbusiness.com and voting for them. It only takes 2 minutes.
Sarah Floroski Nielsen June 20, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Cheryl - please show your support for Kanes Market (and RJ's Spirit Shop in the north end) by going to www.missionsmallbusiness.com and voting for them. It only takes 2 minutes and you can vote for them both.
Sarah Floroski Nielsen June 20, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Show your support for the local small businesses by going to www.missionsmallbusiness.com and voting for Kanes Market and RJ's Spirit Shop. You can vote for them both and it only takes 2 minutes.
Michele Rowe June 21, 2012 at 12:21 PM
I would not stop shopping at Fitzgeralds for all the tea in China. Support small businesses. They're a lifeline to a small town like Simsbury! You know what could go in there (and this was my husband's idea) - a DMV. We seriously need one in the Farmington Valley.
Paul Holland June 21, 2012 at 07:19 PM
I agree with supporting small, local business! Thank you Michele
Paul Holland June 21, 2012 at 07:26 PM
I'm mixed about this. It would be nice to see the Wagner's property thrive again but I hate a big box as much as the next person. I am concerned about Kane's existence when Big Y opens. Would it be possible for Kane's to operate out of Big Y? Living in Tarrifville, I would rather go to Big Y than S&S in Granby. I wish the town could find someone to open a convenience store in the former T'ville package store. I could walk (for a change) to get a gallon of milk
Paul Holland June 21, 2012 at 07:29 PM
and I think that Fitzy's would be fine. That strip is thriving. It's much smaller (and much less intimidating) than BIG Y.
Kelly June 24, 2012 at 01:49 AM
I am HORRIFIED at putting a Big Y there. That is going to make Traffic a nightmare. Seriously, l hope I can get my house on the market and move before this happens. I don't want to live that close to a big box store. That's why we bought in this area.
Laura DeAngelo June 24, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Totally agree, Janet. No reason to build another big Y 15 minutes from the existing Canton location and with so many other grocery stores so close by. Plus it will probably put Fitzgeralds out of business. How about a nice but inexpensive hotel? All the hotels in town are very pricey.
Laura DeAngelo June 24, 2012 at 03:48 PM
A DMV is a great idea! Even better than my budget hotel idea! LOL
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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