Geissler’s Supermarket expands its reach in CT with the purchase of Simsbury grocer

A local supermarket chain is expanding its network of stores. Geissler’s Supermarket will acquire Simsbury grocery store Fitzgerald’s Foods, though the store will keep its name.

Geissler’s officials announced Friday morning that they hopes to retain the entire staff of Fitzgerald’s Foods, including its current owners, under a purchase agreement that is expected to close in mid-June.

The deal will expand on Geissler’s group of seven stores across Connecticut and Massachusetts, including in Granby, East Windsor, Somers, and South Windsor.

Fitzgerald’s Foods is currently independently owned and operated by Bryan and Sandy DeVoe, who purchased it from the Fitzgerald family in July 2010.

Geissler’s spokesperson Carol Carlson said Friday afternoon that the sale came about due to an existing close relationship between the two companies, including sharing the same wholesaler.

Carlson said Fitzgerald’s Foods will stay as Fitzgerald’s Foods once the sale is completed, “until or if ever comes a time to change it.”

Geissler’s plans to “bring the best of Fitzgerald’s and best of Geissler’s together to create a better shopping experience,” Carlson said.

Bob Rybick, president and CEO of Geissler’s, said in a statement that Fitzgerald’s Foods has a long history in Simsbury that Geissler’s plans to uphold.

“It was clear, early on, that we share the same commitment to fresh, quality foods and locally produced products as the DeVoes,” Rybick said. “We plan to continue those great traditions, and learn from their expertise in fresh to enhance both Fitzgerald’s and all the Geissler’s stores in the future.”

Geissler’s acquisition comes at a time of transformation for two of the company’s existing stores. The Geissler’s in Granby celebrated its grand reopening on May 4, adding on a new kitchen and expanded bakery and deli departments, while the South Windsor supermarket and its immediate surroundings could receive a major facelift as a development is planned for the plaza it occupies.

Carlson said the landlord of its South Windsor store and the developer looking to revitalize the property are working with the town on redevelopment plans.

“In the meantime, we will continue to support the South Windsor community,” Carlson said.

Original article found at CT Insider.

Big Y’s Store Remodels Focus On Sustainability First

Big Y has been making significant strides in enhancing its stores across the region, opening 26 locations since 2022. These remodels align with the company’s broader strategy to focus on sustainability and modernize its retail spaces to create a more enjoyable shopping experience.

The new store design incorporates modern elements to inspire guests and reflect each store’s local community. The remodeled stores have been strategically laid out to benefit shoppers and associates, streamlining operations and creating a more pleasant environment. They have also added major energy efficiency upgrades across Connecticut and Massachusetts.

“Whenever we remodel or build new stores, we always try to upgrade to energy efficient equipment, motors, refrigeration systems, etc.,” said Maggie D’Amour, senior manager of environmental social governance.

“Big Y’s commitment to sustainability and community-focused design is evident in these remodels. As we continue to invest in our stores, we aim to meet customers wherever they are, providing a modern, highly-connected shopping experience.”

Big Y has executed the following in each store it has remodeled:

  • High efficiency rooftop and refrigeration systems;
  • LED lighting interior and exterior (95 percent of stores);
  • Light dimming systems;
  • Energy Star certified equipment;
  • Building energy management systems;
  • Night curtains or glass door retrofits on open refrigerated cases;
  • High-efficiency motors;
  • Capture and utilization of waste heat;
  • Cycling anti-sweat heaters;
  • Waterless urinals;
  • Low-flow water controls on sinks; and
  • Energy-efficient hand dryers.

As a result, these stores are saving 9.3 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually, the equivalent of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by removing 840 gasoline-powered vehicles from area roads for a year.

In addition to the remodeled storesBig Y also installed a 1.4-megawatt solar array on the rooftop of its new fresh and local distribution center. The installation is comprised of 3,100 solar panels and the renewable energy generated by the system will offset about 70 percent of the distribution center’s electric requirements.

Expanded in 2021, Big Y’s fresh and local distribution center provides local farmers and food producers with a one-stop location that saves them time and money as they don’t need to deliver to individual stores. In addition to supporting their communities, farms and other small businesses, it saves travel time, thus cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions. It also serves as a hub for all fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the year.

Over the past three years, there has been a company-wide effort to be Earth-friendly. These initiatives demonstrate the commitment to expanding solar energy adoption and addressing environmental challenges. Overall, these changes have reduced its total energy consumption by more than 17,800,000 kWh.

Original article found at the Shelby Report.

Upside, Price Chopper/Market 32 Increase Shopper Benefits

Upside, a digital marketplace for brick-and-mortar grocers, has established a long-term agreement and an enhanced tech integration with Northeast grocery store chain Price Chopper/Market32. This move comes after their initial partnership resulted in 500,000 incremental transactions from 50,000 customers.

“Thanks to Upside, we’ve made significant progress in attracting new customers and encouraging our existing ones to consolidate their food shopping with us,” said Sean Weiss, Price Chopper/Market 32’s VP of marketing. “Deepening our partnership stands to further accelerate that growth.”

Upside and Price Chopper/Market 32 aim to build on their previous success with the rollout of Check-in, an new receipt-less experience designed to bolster the impact of the chain’s AdvantEdge loyalty program by improving user reconciliation rates.

Further, Upside’s recently implemented direct data feed is expected to enhance Price Chopper/Market 32’s loyalty program. According to initial findings, Upside has effectively converted 25% of non-loyalty Upside users into AdvantEdge members who now make around one additional visit per month and spend more incrementally.

“In the face of heightened competition and consumer challenges stemming from inflation, Price Chopper/Market 32 sought concrete methods to strengthen its sales strategy,” noted Tyler Renaghan, VP of grocery at Washington, D.C.-based Upside. “Our partnership with them has proven mutually beneficial, enhancing both the company’s bottom line and consumer satisfaction. By introducing unique, profitable promotions, the collaboration has boosted Price Chopper/Market 32’s sales while helping value-conscious consumers navigate an uncertain economic climate.”

Upside also conducted a survey of its users regarding the partnership. The findings showed that the customers not only became enthusiastic promoters of the store, but also tended to spend more and said that they would continue shopping at Price Chopper/Market 32 because of its partnership with Upside.

More than 30 million people have access to Upside promotions through its platform and partner apps. According to the company, it has delivered to retailers more than $1.5 billion in incremental profit so far.

Schenectady, N.Y.-based Price Chopper/Market 32 operates 130 Price Chopper and Market 32 grocery stores and one Market Bistro, employing 16,000 associates in New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. Parent company Northeast Grocery Inc. is No. 45 on The PG 100, Progressive Grocer’s 2023 list of the top food and consumables retailers in North America.

Original article found at Progressive Grocer.

Big Y Expands Its C-store Format

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Big Y Foods Inc. is growing its convenience store footprint in Connecticut. The supermarket chain opened its 15th and 16th Big Y Express fuel and c-stores, located at 50 Main Street in Somers, Conn., and 241 Hazard Ave. in Enfield, Conn.

The new sites bring the total number of Big Y Express locations in the Nutmeg State to six, reported Convenience Store News sister publication Progressive Grocer.