Big Y to Replace Eight Hannaford Markets in Eastern Massachusetts
An independent chain of supermarkets based in Springfield is looking to have much more of a presense in the Greater Boston area at the expense of another grocery chain that is going through a merger.
CBS Boston is reporting that Big Y plans to take over eight locations of Hannaford in the eastern part of the state, with this being part of a divestment resulting from the proposed merger of Royal Ahold NV--which owns the Quincy-based Stop & Shop--and Delhaize Group--which owns the Scarborough, ME-based Hannaford (the merger could be finalized by early September). The article says that the Hannaford stores slated to become Big Y outlets includes shops in Easton, Kingston, Milford, Norwell, Norwood, Quincy, Peabody, and Saugus, and that Big Y hopes to keep as many employees from the Hannaford stores as it can.
Currently, the only location of Big Y in the Greater Boston area is in Walpole, while the closing of the Hannaford stores mentioned above will mean that the Waltham location will be the only shop remaining in the Boston area.
[September 13 update: A new post from CBS Boston indicates that all eight of the local Hannaford markets that were slated to close have shut down, with the Easton, Kingston, Milford, and Norwood locations already being converted to Big Y stores, while the locations in Norwell, Quincy, Peabody, and Saugus will become Big Y stores this week.]
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