Adams Hometown Market eyes March 29 opening in ex-Big Y spot

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ADAMS — The new supermarket moving into the former Big Y site is tentatively planning to open March 29, the company said Thursday.

Adams Hometown Market expects to complete the purchase Monday of the 15,000-square-foot building on Myrtle Street.

"Be assured we will work as quickly as possible to reopen and bring the residents of Adams ... local, fresh and healthy foods," advertising manager Amy McPartland said in a release.

Company representatives were at the Select Board meeting Wednesday to announce plans to fill the void left by Big Y, which closed its doors this week.

Adams Hometown Market currently operates 15 stores in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New York, "providing fresh and healthy foods to tightknit communities," according to the release.

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McPartland said the company expects to being hiring at noon Tuesday at the store.

"We love employing the families of the local community we serve," McPartland said. "In addition, we would like to extend our gratitude to the local town officials whose assistance was instrumental in finalizing our decision to serve the great of people of Adams."

In the interim, the Adams Council on Aging said this week that it will begin running a free shuttle to the Big Y in North Adams next week for seniors and people with disabilities.

There are currently no set departure times, but the shuttle is expected to run from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The agency said a schedule will be tailored to fit user demand.

For those who are not eligible for the Council on Aging rides, the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority's 1 bus route departs throughout the day, every day but Sunday, from Center Street in Adams and can be taken to Pittsfield or North Adams.


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