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PLANS SUBMITTED to the Capital Center Commission by Fogo de Chão show the restaurant plans to provide about 50 outdoor seats along Francis Street at Providence Place mall. / FOGO DE CHAO RENDERING

Brazilian steakhouse to fill long-empty Providence Place storefront on Francis St.

PROVIDENCE – A Texas-based Brazilian steakhouse chain is preparing to open its first Rhode Island location in a prominent street-level space at Providence Place...

Talbots to close Providence store

PROVIDENCE – The Talbots Inc. store inside the Providence Place mall is officially closing. The clothing store’s lease with the Providence mall is up at...
POP-UP BAKERY: Thrive Cakery LLC owner Jasmine Mendez speaks with John Shaw of Cumberland about her products, which she will be offering through a pop-up kiosk on the second floor of the Providence Place mall through the new year.

Holiday cliffhanger: How long will merry feeling last for shoppers, retailers?

Karen Beebe’s Christmas season began months ago, in the heat of August, when she placed an order for 360 ­holiday ornaments. For Beebe, the owner...

Amazon scraps 4-star stores, leaving gap at Providence Place mall

PROVIDENCE – Inc. apparently isn’t going to deliver on plans announced last year for a retail location at the Providence Place mall. The online...
E-COMMERCE GIANT AMAZON.COM INC. announced that it is "coming soon" to a storefront inside the Providence Place mall. This image shows the Amazon 4-star location in Norwalk, Conn. / PHOTO COURTESY AMAZON.COM INC.

Amazon 4-star brick-and-mortar store coming to Providence Place

PROVIDENCE – Inc. has long been known for disrupting the traditional retail shopping economy through convenient, online sales and quick delivery. But in a...

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SAFETY FIRST: Mark Dunbar, general manager of the Providence Place mall in Providence, says safety is the mall’s No. 1 priority and touts a 24/7 camera system and a cellphone app that lets mall-goers communicate with security. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

FIGHTING FEARS: Deserved or not, safety worries an obstacle to downtown...

As a downtown Providence business owner, Guido Silvestri is no stranger to petty crime. There has been occasional shoplifting, vandalism and even a brick thrown...

Pandemic magnifies mall woes

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the consumer shift to online shopping, and the strain is being felt more acutely at mall retailers because of...
SIGN OF THE TIMES: Asher Schofield, co-owner of Frog & Toad LCC in Providence, has kept the retailer’s two locations closed to foot traffic during the pandemic, but Frog & Toad has been able to offset that loss of business with online sales and curbside pickup.  / PBN PHOTO/PAMELA BHATIA

Some independent retailers pay heavier price than others in COVID-19 era

Two hundred feet – about a 60-second walk – separates LuLi Boutique LLC from Frog & Toad LLC in Providence. But the pandemic experiences...
IN DEMAND: From left, Randall Ferdinand, Providence Kayak Co. employee; Kristin Stone, owner; and Tom McGinn, captain. The company, which was started three years ago, exploded in popularity this past summer, as people wanted to get outside. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Kayak company drawing people to Providence River, livening up the downtown

The three businesspeople who know the most about the Providence River as it courses through the downtown came to the same conclusion a few...
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