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SPRINGFIELD — Big Y Foods announced plans to completely renovate its Norwood supermarket at 434 Walpole St. starting in January in order to provide a new, state-of-the-art shopping experience.

The larger store will allow for expanded offerings including freshly tossed pizza; store-made fish and chips; a variety of prepared meals;, additional local fruits, vegetables, seafood, and meats; natural and organic options; and more. Additional space also allows for a larger selection of local products, which is part of Big Y’s commitment to discovering new local partners in the region and building up the local economy. Renovated store plans include increasing the size to 55,000 square feet from the current 42,598 square feet.

In an effort to better serve customers in the Norwood area, the location will need to close for a period of time so extensive renovations to the store, shopping center and parking lot can be accomplished. The market currently employs about 115 people. Once it temporarily closes in 2021, all full- and part-time employees will be offered positions at neighboring Big Ys until the new facility opens. There will then be a need for about 40 additional employees to staff the new departments.

“Our commitment to the safety and well-being of our customers and our employees is always paramount, along with constantly improving our world-class shopping experience and the availability of local and nutritious products and offerings,” said Charles D’Amour, Big Y president and CEO. “We are excited about our long-term future as part of the Norwood community. While we regret this disruption, it will also allow for a faster and safer renovation process for employees, customers, and construction workers during these times of social distancing and other safety protocols.”

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SPRINGFIELD — The board of directors of Big Y Foods Inc. announced the appointment of Theresa Jasmin as CFO following the recent retirement of William Mahoney. She is responsible for the company’s strategic planning, finance, accounting, treasury, and tax functions. As a senior member of the executive team, she reports to Charles D’Amour, president and CEO, along with Big Y’s board of directors. She also represents the first woman to be appointed to the company’s C-suite.

Jasmin has more than 25 years of experience in the food industry. She began her career at Friendly Ice Cream Corp., where she held senior management positions in both Treasury and Accounting. She joined Big Y in 2005 and held several positions of increasing responsibility in accounting and finance. She became controller in 2010. In 2014, she was appointed senior director of Finance, followed by vice president of Finance in 2016 until her new appointment.

Jasmin holds a BBA from the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst and an MBA from Western New England University.

In 2014, she was named a Top Woman in Grocery by Progressive Grocer magazine and was a founding member of Big Y’s Women LEAD (Leaders Engaged in Action and Development), the company’s first-ever employee-resource group charged with inspiring and empowering women. She currently serves on the executive committee and as treasurer for the YMCA of Greater Springfield. She also serves on the finance committees for both the Massachusetts and Connecticut Food Associations.

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SPRINGFIELD — Big Y Foods Inc. announced the appointment of Stephen Creed to the new position of senior director of Distribution and Logistics. Creed is responsible for leading Big Y’s distribution teams as they transition into their newly expanded, 430,000-square-foot space. He reports to Michael D’Amour, executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Creed has more than 40 years of experience in the distribution industry, mostly within the supermarket realm. He began his career in 1979 with Stop & Shop Inc., where he held various positions, including produce and grocery receiving and operations. Throughout his career, he’s held positions of increasing responsibility at companies such as Spartan Stores in Michigan, where he was the assistant warehouse manager.

At C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc. in Massachusetts and Vermont, Creed started as facility manager and then became director of Perishables Distribution. In 1997, he was appointed director of operations for Quality King Distributors Inc. in New York, where he managed nationwide distribution from five separate warehouses consisting of food, pharmaceuticals, health and beauty care, fragrances, and general merchandise. He later became director of distribution for Supervalu in Suffield, Conn., before being promoted to project director for Corporate Distribution at its headquarters in Minnesota and later promoted to general manager, Logistics Services in its Midwest Regional Headquarters Distribution Center in Kenosha, Wis.

Returning to his roots in New England from 2005 to 2019, Creed joined Associated Grocers of New England in Pembroke, N.H. He started as vice president, Warehousing and Transportation, and became senior vice president, Warehousing and Transportation until his most recent position there as senior vice president, Supply Chain Management.

Creed has served on the New Hampshire Motor Transport Assoc. and the Ryder National Food & Beverage Advisory Board. His professional training includes the Cornell University Executive Food Management Program along with Dale Carnegie Executive Management and Zenger-Miller Quest Training.

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SPRINGFIELD — Big Y World Class Markets announced it will close all its stores, including Fresh Acres and the Table & Vine flagship store, on Easter Sunday, April 12, as well as Monday, April 13. Big Y Express Gas & Convenience locations will be closed on Sunday, April 12 only.

“We want to thank all of our retail heroes,” said Charles D’Amour, president and CEO of Big Y Foods Inc. “We hope that this break will allow our employees to spend more time with their loved ones and give them a much-needed rest.”

During the break, all stores will continue to be restocked and cleaned in preparation for reopening on Tuesday, April 14. Daily store hours will remain the same: 7 to 8 a.m. reserved for seniors and individuals with compromised immune systems, and open to all customers from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.