New stores to be built at former Big Y site

Property has been vacant for past four years

The former Big Y supermarket on Newton Street in South Hadley

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – After being vacant for four years, the South Hadley plaza will finally be under construction soon.

22News spoke with Rocco Falcone, CEO of Rocky’s Ace Hardware. He co-owns the plaza with Peter Picknelly of the Peter Pan Bus Company and the Yee family, who owns several restaurants, including the Hu-Ke-Lau in Chicopee.

Falcone told 22News the former Big Y in the plaza will be demolished in the next two weeks. Contractors are waiting for final permits to approve the demolition.

Since no other grocery store wants to occupy the 60-thousand square foot space, it’s being torn down to build five separate stores.

Former South Hadley Big Y to be demolished

One South Hadley resident told 22News, it was a convenient place for a supermarket.

“I would love to see a Trader Joe’s. We go to Hadley to go to Trader Joe’s,” Joe Cassidy said. “It’d be a shorter ride for me, but obviously, that’s not going to happen.”

Falcone says the plaza’s Rocky Ace Hardware will also be expanded. The plaza near the intersection of Newton and Lyman Street was purchased for $2.4 million, last May after a foreclosure.

Falcone said he still doesn’t know when the plaza will be finished.