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ORIGINAL TRIM: Apartments contain original trim details, including wainscoting, crown molding, and window and door casings. / COURTESY CHRISTIAN HARDER

Conjoined commercial buildings converted to luxury apartments, retail

Owner: HM Ventures Group 8 LLC Architect: Kite Architects Developer/general contractor: South Coast Improvement Co. Engineer: Allied Consulting Engineering Services Preservation consultant: Providence Revolving Fund Interior designer: ASH NYC Cost:...
Arnold Bromberg, right, co-owner of Benny's, is the grandson of the founder, Benjamin Bromberg. Bromberg was helping Karen Weihs of Tucson, Ariz., find an LED USB desk lamp. Weiss was a nurse at Memorial Hospital in the 1980s and stopped into Benny's recently while visiting a friend she worked with there. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

All 31 Benny’s to close by end of 2017

SMITHFIELD – After 93 years in business, all of the family-owned Benny’s stores will close by the end of 2017, the company announced Friday,...
ON THE ROAD TO HEALTH: Every Tuesday a group of CVS Health employees takes a 30-plus-mile bike ride, starting at company headquarters in Woonsocket. The activity is part of FitClub, one of the company’s 14 “colleague resource groups” that support employee activities. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

5,000+ Employees | 1 | CVS Health Corp. | CVS...

CEO (or equivalent): Larry J. Merlo, CEO and presidentNumber of employees: 149,000It makes sense that the health care provider and retail giant CVS Health...
ORGANIC HEALTH: Kimberly Cornwell, owner and founder of Celadon Road Inc., an organic health and products company that sells mostly online, holds the refill size of her lavender laundry detergent, which has all-natural ingredients. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Local warehouse space in short supply with rise of e-commerce

As e-commerce continues to transform the retail industry, the demand for dependable, affordable storage space is on the rise in the United States.The trend...
NEW LOCATION: Jeff Shapiro, owner of The Kayak Centre of Rhode Island, recently relocated to 70 Brown St., in North Kingstown. From left, Mollie Goodwin, manager; Jeff Shapiro, owner; Sam Loomis of East Greenwich; and Abbey Torres of Cranston. Loomis was trying on flotation vests. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Retired dentist has fun with paddle-sport shop

Jeff Shapiro, owner of The Kayak Centre of Rhode Island, said he’s always been “a water person.”Growing up in Philadelphia, Shapiro said his parents...

Forbes ranks Ocean State Job Lot No. 8 on list of...

BOB SELLE, chief human resources officer for Ocean State Job Lot, talks about the success of the retailer, which was recently named one of...
excited ownER: Initially selling items at pop-up sales and flea markets, Sonia Gilewicz is excited to finally open her own vintage clothing shop in Providence. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Retail store hopes to take advantage of strong vintage market

Split Apart Secondhand LLC, a retail store scheduled to open in the historic Providence Arcade, will feature well-made and unique vintage clothing in a...

The downsizing of retail

Despite record highs in the markets, bad news about consumers has been relentless: malls are closing; consumers have accumulated too much debt; incomes are...

Red Sox AA affiliate among top merchandise sellers, PawSox are not

PAWTUCKET - Minor League Baseball announced its top 25 teams in licensed merchandising for 2016 on Monday and while the Boston Red Sox AA...
GIOVANNI FEROCE, CEO of Benrus addressed both the relocation of Benrus headquarters to NYC last week and his recent lawsuit settlement. / COURTESY GIOVANNI FEROCE

Benrus shifts headquarters to NYC, keeps roots in R.I. and settles...

NEW YORK - Benrus LLC relocated its headquarters to New York Friday, ending the company's three-year tenure in its Providence office. In a statement...
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