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Panera Bread closes Newport location

NEWPORT – Customers who used to frequent the Panera Bread in Newport will have to look elsewhere for their coffees, Wi-Fi and bagels after...
BARBARA S. COTTAM will step down on Oct. 6 from her role as chairperson of the R.I. Board of Education to take on a new role with the U.S. Department of Commerce. / PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

R.I. education board chairperson to step down, takes new role with...

PROVIDENCE – The state’s education board chairperson will soon be heading to the nation’s capital to work with Rhode Island’s former governor. In a Sept....

PRA to buy Atlantic Mills complex

PROVIDENCE – The Providence Redevelopment Agency is set to acquire the Atlantic Mills complex in Olneyville, with the agency vowing to preserve the historic...
LAYING DOWN THE LAW: State Sen. Joshua Miller, D-Cranston, second from right, discusses a new Rhode Island law legalizing recreational marijuana use and its retail sales. Also on one of two panels at Providence Business News’ 2022 Business of Cannabis summit on Sept. 15 are, from left, Matthew Santacroce, R.I. Department of Business Regulation interim director; and Benjamin L. Rackliffe, a partner at Pannone Lopes Devereaux and O’Gara LLC.
PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Delayed commission appointment process expected to stall new cannabis retailers

PROVIDENCE – Though regulated recreational cannabis sales are set to begin in Rhode Island on Dec. 1, for some looking to break into the...

Ballard’s Beach bar ordered to remove ‘unauthorized’ structures

NEW SHOREHAM – The problems continue for Ballard’s Beach Resort on Block Island.  This time the ire comes from the Coastal Resources Management Council. That...

State awards $3.5M to support 231 new homeless beds

PROVIDENCE – Six community organizations were awarded a total of $3.5 million in state funding for the creation of 231 new shelter beds to...
PROVIDENCE BUSINESS NEWS Editor Michael Mello, right, addresses the crowd Thursday during PBN's Fastest Growing & Innovative Companies Awards ceremony at the Graduate Providence. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Organizations honored for growth, innovation at PBN’s Fastest Growing & Innovative...

PROVIDENCE – A financial institution, a construction management company, an addiction recovery organization and an insurance agency were recognized Thursday as the top earners...

UNFI acquires 3 grocery stores in Maryland

PROVIDENCE – United Natural Foods Inc. on Friday announced the acquisition of three store locations in Maryland and will renovate two others there.  UNFI opened...
GOV. DANIEL J. MCKEE is looking to hold onto his seat after inheriting it when Gina M. Raimondo was named the U.S. commerce secretary in early 2021. /SCREENSHOT VIA WPRI-TV CBS 12.

Do you support Gov. Daniel J. McKee’s proposed pay hikes for...

Gov. Daniel J. McKee has proposed increasing the base annual salaries of 12 of his 13 cabinet directors with raises of between $3,000 and...

Resilient U.S. consumers spend slightly more in August 

WASHINGTON (AP) – Consumers spent a bit more in August than the previous month, a sign the economy is holding up even as inflation...
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