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Providence Place mall considers enhancing security after multiple fights break out

PROVIDENCE – Providence Place mall staff said they are looking into enhancing security following a series of fights that broke out at the shopping...
PRICES FOR ALL: Boscov’s, a family-owned department store, opened just a few months ago in Providence Place mall. Denise and Walter Budz, of Providence, check out with Islene DeOleo, sales associate. “There are prices for everyone here,” said Walter Budz, who spent 46 years in retail at Ann & Hope, Ames and Walmart. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. malls finding new ways to get people in the door

In one area of Providence Place mall, a couple of small children are working intently in a toddler-size veterinary clinic, treating a gray stuffed...
UNCOMMON INVENTORY: Stefania Medeiros opened her gift shop, Ethereal Oddities, in June, selling items such as flower-infused soaps and resin-and-wire jewelry she created herself. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Ethereal Oddities a store with a ‘witchy vibe’

Stefania Medeiros trades in incense, sage, crystals and metaphysical needs. But, when she talks about her new shop, she is a hard-driving, goal-focused businesswoman. Last...
GROWING TREND: Mark Dunbar, Providence Place mall general manager, said beginning with an online presence and expanding into physical locations is a growing trend among retailers. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Are local malls enough of an attraction to make you visit,...

Despite dire predictions of their imminent demise for much of the past decade, there are as many malls today nationally as there has ever...

Swarovski to open third retail store in R.I.

CRANSTON – Swarovski will open a 1,152-square-foot retail store at Garden City Center, according to the site’s management. The opening is scheduled for spring 2020...
U.S. CONSUMERS spent $9.4 billion online on Cyber Monday. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/VICTOR J. BLUE

Cyber Monday spending climbs 20% to record $9.4B

SEATTLE – United States shoppers spent $9.4 billion online on Cyber Monday - up almost 20% from a year ago and a record -...
A REBOOTED Toys R Us has opened its first location in Paramus, N.J., one of ten stores planned to open by the end of next year. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/MARK KAUZLARICH

Toys R Us is back after bankruptcy–in New Jersey, that is

NEW YORK – Visitors to one of New Jersey’s poshest malls will get a first glimpse of the revamped, post-bankruptcy Toys R Us just...
OVERALL U.S. RETAIL sale increased 0.3% in October. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL NAGLE

U.S. retail sales exceed estimates, with some signs of cooling

WASHINGTON – United States retail sales rose more than estimated in October on gains from auto dealers and gas stations, though declines in categories...
REPURPOSED: 
Executive Director Kevin Brochu stands in front of the new Ocean State Community Wellness Center in North Kingstown, which until last April served as the West Bay YMCA.
PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Renovation of former West Bay YMCA borrows from Ocean State Job...

It’s well known that Ocean State Job Lot’s stores are mostly housed in repurposed buildings, but the discount retailer’s involvement in the purchase of...

GoodFella Vapor closes Somerset shop due to sales ban on vaping...

SOMERSET – GoodFella Vapor announced it has closed its shop here due to Gov. Charlie Baker’s ongoing ban on vaping products, The Herald News...
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