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INVOLVED: Jim Boscov is the chairman and CEO of Boscov’s, billed as the nation’s largest family-owned department store, which is moving into the former Nordstrom location at Providence Place mall. He said running a business doesn’t happen from an office, but rather on the sales floor.
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An outlier comes to Providence Place

While other department stores have closed as sales slip away with changing consumer preferences and a migration online, Reading, Pa.-based Boscov’s is an outlier....

Fall River explores new uses for City Pier

FALL RIVER – For years, residents have been told City Pier, owned by Fall River Redevelopment Authority, would be turned into a marina with...

Sometimes ‘No’ is the right word

Thanks to the Boston Globe, Rhode Island knows that TriMark, the nation’s largest restaurant supply company, has decided not to move its headquarters to...
CARPIONATO GROUP has proposed a $100 million, mixed-use redevelopment of the Newport Grand site that would replace the former casino with hotels, apartments, office and retail space. / COURTESY CARPIONATO GROUP

Do you think the Carpionato Group’s plans to build a $100...

On July 23, the Carpionato Group proposed using the Newport Grand casino site for a $100 million mixed-use development, calling it “Newport North End.”...
A MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT that includes a deep-water port and an amphitheater has been proposed in East Providence along the Providence River. / COURTESY RI WATERFRONT ENTERPRISES

East Providence plans amphitheater for land next to Bold Point Park

EAST PROVIDENCE – An amphitheater has been proposed for the area next to Bold Point Park. Live Nation Entertainment and RI Waterfront Enterprises LLC,...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO cuts the ribbon for the recently completed Wexford Innovation Center in the I-195 Redevelopment District of Providence on Wednesday. From left: Brown University President Christina H. Paxson; I-195 Redevelopment District Commission Chairman Robert Davis; Senate Majority Leader Michael J. McCaffrey; Brian Dacey, Cambridge Innovation Center; Mayor Jorge O. Elorza; Raimondo; Wexford Science and Technology CEO Jim Berens; Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor; and City Council President Sabina Matos. / COURTESY R.I. COMMERCE CORP.

Officials celebrate Wexford Innovation Center ribbon-cutting

PROVIDENCE – A ribbon-cutting for the Wexford Innovation Center was held Wednesday afternoon, officially marking the completion of the landmark I-195 Redevelopment District project.The...
Gov. Gina M. Raimondo has signed the 2020 state budget, but with criticism of changes to economic development programs. / PBN FILE PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Raimondo signs fiscal 2020 budget, sharply criticizes cuts in economic development...

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo signed the nearly $10 billion fiscal 2020 state budget Friday, but in her transmission letter to House Speaker...
State Sen. William J. Conley Jr., D-East Providence, left, and state Rep. Joseph J. Solomon Jr., D-Warwick, introduced legislation as part of the fiscal 2020 budget that created a small business loan and tax credit program that is designed to help small businesses gain access to capital they could not get previously. The legislation was passed as part of the budget. / COURTESY R.I. GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Is the Rhode Island Small Business Development Fund approved by the...

At the last minute of its 2019 session, the General Assembly created the Rhode Island Small Business Development Fund to encourage private investment in...

GA failure on energy costs us all

The recently ended legislative session let die two bills passed by the Senate, ones that on their face would seem to make strange bedfellows...

Lawmakers bend rules for Hope Point

Even as the House reduced Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s request for incentives to replenish her economic programs, most notably the real estate development program...
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