One of the area's largest grocery store chains is expanding its distribution center.
Big Y said that this will add jobs and space to its Roosevelt Avenue facility in Springfield to keep up with the demand of the company's growth in New England.
"When the seafood comes in on the truck, we go, bring it out into the rooms," said Kevin Irujo.
Irujo works inside Big Y's distribution center in Springfield and is looking forward to an estimated $40 million expansion project coming to the facility.
"It will definitely allows us more room. It's a little tight in here, especially around Thanksgiving," Irujo added.
Standing inside the produce section, Big Y President and COO Charlie D'Amour and Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno announced the grocery store chain will be adding 232,000 square feet of additional space to the distribution center, allowing for more delivery bays and room for meats and produce.
"We've been bursting at the seams at this facility. When we moved in, we had 31 supermarkets and now, we have 70 and we just need the added space," D'Amour said.
Along with the added space, Big Y said around 32 new jobs could be added to the facility in various positions.
The chain is known for selling fresh, locally grown produce in its stores.
D'Amour told Western Mass News that the expansion will also help local farmers, allowing more to deliver their produce to the facility, saving money and time.
"Some of our farmers already deliver direct;y to the stores. For a lot of the other farmers, they bring it here and distribute it, so it works out very efficiently," D'Amour said.
Right now, Big Y has 70 stores across New England. There are plans to expand to more stores.
The expansion at the distribution center should take around 18 months to finish.
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