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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.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

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....
INVOLVED: Jim Boscov is the chairman and CEOALTERNATIVE SERVICES: The Providence Place mall has evolved to compete with online shopping and e-retailers by adding alternative services such as the CycleBar cycling studio and renting space to Comprehensive Community Action Program for a “skills center” that offers computer and language classes, as well as job-training workshops.   / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

New stores help Providence Place evolve

To many, the closure of Nordstrom at Providence Place mall was a disheartening blow for the capital city, and further proof online shopping is...
MOVING IN: Boscov’s Chairman and CEO Jim Boscov stands in what will be the new store in Providence Place mall, where it will replace the departed Nordstrom. 
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Boscov’s could be just what the mall doctor ordered for R.I.

With the first lengthy look at the owner of Providence Place mall in this week’s issue of PBN, the region has had the chance...

R.I.’s unknown, essential lender

Residents of the Four Seasons Mobile Home Cooperative in Tiverton long have gotten water from a well at the site connected to old plastic...
CONDO CONVERSIONS: Tom Knight, left, concierge at the 903 Residences at Providence Place, delivers a package to General Manager Walter Pastor. For the past six months, rental units at the residential building in Providence have been going through a conversion to condos, with nearly 40 sold so far.  
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

903 Residences apartments undergoing conversion to condos

Timing is everything in real estate, and sometimes it isn’t on the developer’s side.The 903 Residences at Providence Place, which opened as apartments in...

Macaron bakery opens at Providence Place mall

PROVIDENCE – Woops!, a French macaron and international-dessert bakery, has opened in a kiosk at the Providence Place mall.This is the second regional location...

Bryant University’s IDEA 2019 seminar focuses on user experience

SMITHFIELD – In its seventh annual iteration, Bryant University’s Innovation and Design Experience for All, or IDEA, 2019 seminar added a focus on user...
CLUB PRESERVED: The Agawam Hunt country club in East Providence emerged from bankruptcy in March under a reorganization that sold the club assets to a new ownership group and which included the sale of a conservation easement to The Nature Conservancy.
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Home sales cool; golf clubs on the move

The residential real estate market started to cool in 2018, returning to an equilibrium between buyers and sellers, after two solid years of appreciation...
UPCYCLED CANDLES: WICK-ed Candle co-owners Julie Normandin and Jeremy Bliven started the candle-making company, which upcycles glass bottles for use as holders, nearly a year ago. The candles are sold through a retail space at Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket, as well as a kiosk at Providence Place mall. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Candle maker finds niche in bottles

Julie Normandin began making candles a few years ago but it wasn’t until boyfriend Jeremy Bliven came into the picture – bringing with him...
BOSCOV'S, a family-owned department store, will replace the Nordstrom in the Providence Place mall. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/BRADLEY C. BOWER

Boscov’s, ranked among Forbes’ best U.S. employers, to replace Nordstrom at...

PROVIDENCE – Following the announcement that Nordstrom will leave the Providence Place mall Tuesday, Brookfield Property Partners LP, which recently acquired GGP Inc., announced...
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