Big Y expands Massachusetts distribution center to support future growth

One of Springfield’s major distributors is doubling down on its faith in the local economy and the signs of a brighter future.

Big Y Foods will undergo a major expansion of its Roosevelt Avenue distribution center. It’s the latest of several significant events that Springfield’s economic renaissance on full display.

The family-owned company will add 232,000 square feet of additional space. Big Y is making plans to increase capacity for the next 20 years to include 20 new supermarkets.

The project will add 32 jobs, bringing the distribution center workforce to over 120. It’s an exciting project for Big Y Foods, a local corporation since 1936 and a leader not just in food distribution but community involvement on several levels.

Everyone benefits from news like this: the company, it’s employees, a city that sees its workforce and tax base expanded, and customers who have always come first with Big Y Foods. What’s more, it’s not just an announcement, it’s the latest installment of a trend that is reshaping the future of Springfield and Western Massachusetts.

The Big Y announcement comes on the heels of MassMutual’s plan to expand its Springfield headquarters and workforce. It comes less than a week after the Springfield Thunderbirds and MGM Springfield partnered to bring the American Hockey League All-Star Classic to the city in January of 2019.

These headlines occur as the MGM Springfield casino readies for its 2018 opening. The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum is growing and expanding its reach, The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is undergoing a major renovation and modernization. Ground for a new, state-of-the-art early education center will be broken in June with a 2019 opening targeted.

CRRC MA will soon be producing subway cars for the MBTA Red and Orange lines at its new factory on Page Boulevard. These are only a few of the changes taking place in a city that has risen from the devastation of a 2011 tornado and decades of challenging economic repositioning.

Springfield’s revival is gaining national attention. A city once considered an example of Northeast recession is now being touted as a model for growth.