Thank supermarket heroes on employee appreciation day

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(WWLP) – Mayor Domenic Sarno designated February 22nd as Supermarket Employee Appreciation Day.

Big Y is joining supermarkets and food manufacturers across the country to celebrate the first-ever supermarket employee appreciation day.

It’s been a rough year for all of us beset with the problems and concerns brought on by the pandemic. Mayor Domenic Sarno correctly said, sometimes we take things for granted.

Assistant director at the Cooley Street Big Y Darlene Wajda couldn’t agree more with this day’s designation, “The employees have had an amazing year. Day in and day out. Providing for our customer’s needs and their families needs.”

Not only have the stores been outfitted to combat COVID-19, but the employees live and breath the necessary protocols that protect everyone they come in contact with. Some thrive in that situation.

“Different change of pace in a day, it’s a learning thin,” said Big Y employee Sedryck Grundy.

Claudine Raschi can attest to the way she’s been treated by employees during a year of crisis, “Yes, I really like coming here. Everybody’s wonderful, I love it, I don’t know what else to say!”

Big Y President Charles D’Amour and Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno have both come out to congratulate and show their appreciation to this nations supermarket workers.

“We are thrilled to join in this national celebration of Supermarket Employee Day in recognition of the critical role our teams provide to our communities everyday. Here at Big Y, we’ve been rewarding our employees with additional “thank you” pay since the beginning of the pandemic. Supermarket Employee Day is just one more way we can recognize and appreciate their efforts. I’m so proud of the efforts of each of our 12,000 employees for their dedication, resilience and care. We all appreciate their hard work and commitment” Charles L. D’Amour Big Y president and COO.

“On behalf of Big Y, we invite all residents of our community to stop in one of our stores on February 22 to congratulate and thank local supermarket heroes,” added D’Amour. “Better yet, honor your favorite heroes in your social media and use the hashtags, #SupermarketEmployeeDay and #SupermarketHeroes.”

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno states, “Sometimes we take things for granted – simply put, to all of our supermarket employees and their families, good health and thank you!” P.S. “Thank you to our very own Big Y Foods and the D’Amour family too.”

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