Benny’s closings blow to workers, economy

CLOSING OUT: ­Arnold Bromberg, right, co-owner of Benny’s, helps Karen Weihs of Tucson, Ariz., find an LED USB desk lamp. Benny’s recently announced it is closing all 31 stores in southern New England. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ ­MICHAEL SALERNO
CLOSING OUT: ­Arnold Bromberg, right, co-owner of Benny’s, helps Karen Weihs of Tucson, Ariz., find an LED USB desk lamp. Benny’s recently announced it is closing all 31 stores in southern New England. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ ­MICHAEL SALERNO
The Bromberg family decision to close all 31 of its iconic Benny’s stores has tugged at the heartstrings of many nostalgic Rhode Islanders who have fond memories of its 93 years in business. But it’s also raising questions about what the loss of up to 700 jobs, including an estimated 400 Rhode Islanders, might have…
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