Big Y to Open Conn. Hiring Site

Big Y Foods Inc. will open a hiring site to fill more than 100 part-time and full-time positions at its newest World Class Market, in Meriden, Conn. The grocer will meet with applicants at the Sheraton Four Points on 275 Research Parkway in Meriden on July 26 through Aug. 6 during the following hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.. The site will be closed on Sundays and Mondays. All interested applicants can apply at

According to the new store’s director, Bob Rainville, full and part-time job opportunities at the Meridien location encompass management and support positions in every department, including cashiers, service clerks, porters, deli clerks, sandwich shop clerks, bakers, cake decorators, meat wrappers, meat clerks, produce clerks, seafood clerks, grocery clerks, night crew, health and beauty care clerks, frozen food and dairy clerks, floral clerks and experienced pizza makers for the Pizza Shop.

“Big Y is the perfect working environment for students, retirees, and others seeking flexible shifts and excellent benefits,” noted Kecia Bossie, employee services specialist for Springfield, Mass.-based Big Y. The company offers such employee benefits as competitive wages, paid holidays, bonus time, paid vacations, medical insurance, disability and life insurance, tuition assistance, scholarships, a 401(k) plan, and a work/life care program.

Training for new store employees starts off with a three-hour orientation featuring integrative discussion and videos about customer relations, and a grounding in Big Y policies and procedures. Then new employees take part in comprehensive customer service training, safety and food sanitation training and the technical training required for their individual positions. The training is enhanced by a state-of-the-art, computer-based learning management system, Big Y’s Learning Hub.

The company also provides continuous in-house training and outside educational opportunities, along with incentives to maintain its customer service at peak levels. Regularly held management development workshops cover such topics as Coaching for World Class Customer Service.

Family-owned and –operated Big Y operates 60 stores in Connecticut and Massachusetts with over 10,000 employees. This year, the company marks its 75th anniversary.

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