Big Y's Old Saybrook market to open, with cake, Thursday

Old Saybrook - Big Y supermarket will open its new $9 million store at 28 Spencer Plain Road Thursday, celebrating with a cake-cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m.

Springfield, Mass.-based Big Y said the new store will include a team of 140, including 80 new employees. New workers have been training at Big Y locations in Guilford and Old Lyme for the past several months.

Bob Rainville, a veteran of Big Y, will manage the market, which will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The store will feature an on-site pharmacy and wellness center managed by Darbi Downey-Baker, assisted by Garth Meadows.

"All of us at Big Y are excited to offer the Old Saybrook community a brand new shopping experience," Charles D'Amour, Big Y's president and chief operating officer, said in a statement Tuesday .

The 54,300-square-foot market will offer prepared meals, hot soups, sushi, made-to-order sandwiches and an eat-in cafe. A floral department, deli, butcher, bakery and seafood department featuring fare from Garbo Lobster in Groton will add to the offerings.

Among the local touches are shelves stocked with Cush's salsa from Old Lyme, Ashlawn Farms coffee from Lyme, Morell Apiaries honey from Lisbon and specialty items from Pasta Vita in Old Saybrook.

Two electric vehicle charging stations will allow customers to charge their vehicles as they shop. Free Wi-Fi and cell phone charging outlets will be found in the store.

Big Y said it would be making a $500 donation to all Old Saybrook schools as part of the grand opening celebration.

l.howard@theday.com
Twitter: @KingstonLeeHow

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