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COMPELLING DEVELOPMENT: The Row at College Hill is a mixed-use development proposal by Carpionato Group to build on parcels 2, 5 and 6 on the East Side of Providence in the Interstate 195 Redevelopment District, which would include 203,000 square feet of medical and wet-lab space and incidental office space, a business hotel with meeting space and restaurants. / COURTESY CARPIONATO GROUP

From repurposing former Benny’s sites to building new business hotels and...

As president and chief operating officer of Carpionato Group LLC, Kelly Coates has had a more visible role this year as the commercial-development and...
NEIL AMPER is the vice president of Capstone Properties Inc., based in Providence. / COURTESY CAPSTONE PROPERTIES

Five Questions With: Neil Amper

Neil Amper is vice president of Capstone Properties Inc. of Providence and conducts an annual report of commercial real estate transactions. His most recent...
ARNOLD BROMBERG, president and co-founder of Benny's. The final open Benny's store, in Smithfield, is closing on Monday. / COURTESY BENNY'S

Last Benny’s store to close Monday

PROVIDENCE – Benny’s final open store will close on Monday at 5 p.m., the company announced Friday. The final store is located at 473 Putnam...
The Carpionato Group LLC has pledged to redevelop 14 of the Benny's locations in Rhode Island by Christmas 2018./COURTESY CARPIONATO GROUP

Carpionato Group plans $100M redevelopment of Benny’s locations

JOHNSTON – Carpionato Group LLC, which has agreed to purchase 29 Benny’s locations, announced Thursday it will redevelop the sites, giving first priority to...
ARNOLD BROMBERG, president and co-founder of Benny's, says he's pleased with an agreement reached with the Carpionato Group LLC, a Johnston-based property management and development company, to purchase Benny's real estate holdings. / COURTESY BENNY'S

Benny’s to sell real estate to Carpionato Group

JOHNSTON – The Carpionato Group LLC, one of the largest property management and development companies in Rhode Island, has signed an agreement with Benny’s...
AND THEN THERE WERE THREE: Benny's anounced another round of closings, bringing the company's total number of remaining stores to three by Monday evening. Above, Arnold Bromberg, co-owner of Benny's. / COURTESY BENNY'S

Benny’s down to last 3 stores by Monday night

PROVIDENCE – On Monday at 5 p.m. Benny’s will close two of its five remaining stores in East Greenwich and Wakefield. The three remaining stores...
CLOSING OUT: Only nine Benny's stores remain in Rhode Island and Massachusetts as the local chain prepares to shut down. Above, Arnold Bromberg, right, co-owner of Benny's, helping Karen Weihs of Tucson Arizona find an LED USB desk lamp. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ MICHAEL SALERNO

Benny’s update: 9 remain; 50% off sale starts Thursday

PROVIDENCE – Nine Benny’s remain operational as part of the company's wind down program, a representative for Benny’s announced Wednesday. Five of those Benny’s are...
ARNOLD BROMBERG is a co-owner of Benny's, which recently announced the closing dates of more of its stores. / COURTESY BENNY'S

Closing dates announced for more Benny’s stores

PROVIDENCE – A representative for Benny’s released further wind-down details Friday, following the company's Sept. 8 announcement that all of its 31 stores will...
AGGRESSIVE GROWTH: Pictured is the interior of the Amazon fulfillment center in Fall River. According to retail analysts at Needham and Co. LLC, Amazon posted $128.5 billion in gross merchandise sales in 2016, 34 percent of all U.S. online sales, and accounted for 58 percent of all e-commerce growth in the country that year. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Amazon’s growth is bringing much-needed jobs to region, but are they...

Jerry Johnson lost his last retail job about eight years ago, when the consumer-electronics chain Circuit City shut its stores under pressure from competing...
A SCREENSHOT of the change.org campaign to petition Amazon.com Inc. to purchase Benny's and continue to run the chain in largely the same manner.

Petition to Amazon’s Bezos to buy Benny’s nears goal of 5,000...

PROVIDENCE - A change.org petition that recommends that Amazon.com Inc. buy and preserve Benny’s 31 retail stores is on the cusp of attaining its...
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