PITTSFIELD -- Big Y Foods Inc. has bought a vacant city building next door to its West Street supermarket.

The Springfield-based company bought the 25,623-square-foot structure at 202 West St. from Richard C. Kielman of Pittsfield for $250,000, according to documents on file at the Middle Berkshire Registry of Deeds.

The property, which has been vacant since December 2010, last housed a retail outlet for Goodwill Industries of the Berkshires. Goodwill occupied the building for six years but moved out in late 2010 when it reorganized its three Pittsfield facilities.

The West Street Big Y is adjacent to the half-acre parcel, but it could not be determined exactly what the chain plans to do with the property. Big Y spokeswoman Claire D'Amour-Daley did not return telephone calls seeking comment. Kiel man also could not be reached for comment.

The former Goodwill building was built in 1961. The value of the land and building are assessed at $311,170, according to the city assessor's office.

One of the largest independently owned supermarket chains in New England, Big Y has managed a supermarket on West Street since 1984 when it took over the current building from the former Adams Supermarket chain.

In 2008, Big Y announced that it planned to move its supermarket from West Street to the Pittsfield Plaza on West Housatonic Street, but those plans were scuttled two years later.

Big Y operates 62 supermarkets in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Its other Berkshire County markets are located in Adams, Great Barrington, Lee and North Adams.

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