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OCEAN STATE JOB LOT contributed $25 million, including $14.3 million within Rhode Island and Massachusetts, to philanthropic efforts in 2020.

Ocean State Job Lot contributed $25M to philanthropic efforts in 2020

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Ocean State Job Lot contributed $25 million in philanthropic efforts in 2020 across its 142-community-footprint for various causes, including assisting those...

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...

Old Navy to open store at Garden City Center

CRANSTON – The value fashion retailer Old Navy will open at Garden City Center this year, potentially by late summer, the shopping center announced...
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...

U.S. retail sales fell in Dec. for 3rd straight month

NEW YORK (AP) – Retail sales fell for a third straight month as a surge in virus cases kept people away from stores during...

Citizens issues $30M line of credit to Ross-Simons following acquisition

PROVIDENCE – Citizens Financial Group Inc. on Tuesday announced a $30 million loan to Ross-Simons Inc. as part of an acquisition deal reached earlier...
U.S RETAIL SALES declined 1.1% in November. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Retail sales fell 1.1% in November, biggest drop in 7 months

NEW YORK (AP) – Retail sales fell 1.1% in November, the biggest drop in seven months, and a sign Americans held back on spending...
GETTING CREATIVE: Bloom Collective LLC owners Heather Wolfenden, left, and Savannah Barkley hope to support small businesses while filling vacant storefronts with pop-up shops.  / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Duo looks to fill empty storefronts with pop-up shops

Vintage clothing vendors Savannah Barkley and Heather Wolfenden know many of their peers haven’t been able to catch up since the beginning of the...
MARC STREISAND, owner of Providence-based Marc Allen Fine Clothiers, will donate $100,000 in clothes to nonprofits to distribute to people in need during the holidays. / COURTESY MARC ALLEN FINE CLOTHIERS

Stepping Up: Marc Allen Fine Clothiers donating $100K in clothes to...

PROVIDENCE – Like most businesses across the state, Marc Allen Fine Clothiers could not escape the COVID-19 pandemic. Owner Marc Streisand operated two store locations,...
AFTER MONTHS of slumping sales and businesses toppling into bankruptcy, Black Friday is offering a small beacon of hope. In normal times, Black Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year, drawing millions of shoppers eager to get started on their holiday spending. But these are not normal times. / AP FILE PHOTO/DAVID ZALUBOWSKI

Black Friday offers beacon of hope to struggling stores

NEW YORK (AP) – After months of slumping sales and businesses toppling into bankruptcy, Black Friday is offering a small beacon of hope. In normal...

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