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Last week, the Board of Elections voted to lease a new headquarters in Cranston for nearly $6 million over 10 years — despite a pending lawsuit and questions about leaving the rent-free, state-owned building on Branch Avenue.

Bromberg said the sale of Benny’s former corporate headquarters in Smithfield is pending. He declined to identify the prospective buyer.
“We are breathing new life into them,” said Joe Pierek, Carpionato’s vice president of retail leasing and acquisitions.

“Our stores filled a need and these stores are filling basically the same need — hardware and basic housewares,” he said. “That is why we were there, and that is why they are there.”
Ace Hardware stores have opened next to the Dollar General stores at both Seekonk sites. Ocean State Job Lot is in the former Benny’s stores in Cranston, Warwick and Wakefield; O’Reilly Auto Parts is in Wareham and Fairhaven, Mass.; Harbor Freight Tools is in Raynham and East Wareham, Mass.; Dollar Tree is in Cranston; and Dave’s Fresh Marketplace is in Warwick.
Now, the answer is becoming clear, as the Johnston-based Carpionato Group development company has leased three-quarters of the 29 properties that it bought from Benny’s, Carpionato President Kelly M. Coates said last week.
Also, some of the former Benny’s stores are being converted into medical offices and urgent care centers. “We are finding there is more demand in the medical field for these properties, and we are actively pursuing medical uses,” Flynn said.
A Dollar General has replaced a Benny’s in East Providence, there are two Dollar General stores in Seekonk, Mass., and one each in Mansfield, North Attleborough, and Dartmouth, Mass., according to Peter Flynn, Carpionato’s director of leasing.

In all, the Carpionato Group will invest $70 million to $100 million in fixing up the former Benny’s stores, and those projects are employing about 350 construction workers, Coates said.

So far, Dollar General stores are the most common successor to Benny’s, the iconic Rhode Island-based retailer that closed up shop in 2017 after 93 years of business.

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“We are happy that has produced a quality line of apparel with our iconic logo that has been recognized by southern New Englanders since 1924,” Benny’s Vice President Arnold Bromberg said.
Benny’s, the former retailer that closed up shop in 2017, has just released a brand new collection of authorized apparel.

“We’re thrilled with the initial response and look forward to hearing more from our audience and keeping Benny’s brand alive in the hearts of its many fans for years to come,” said Dave Gwizdowski, a partner.
The new apparel – including baseball caps, beanies, t-shirts, hooded sweatshirts and crewnecks – are newer versions of similar merchandise sold in Benny’s stores up until the retailer closed for good.
Posted: Jun 17, 2019 / 06:10 PM EDT / Updated: Jun 17, 2019 / 06:10 PM EDT
EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Those who want to pay homage to Rhode Island’s “favorite store” are in luck.
Some of the items will soon be available at select Frog and Toad and East & West gift shops in Providence and on

The products, all of which are sporting the classic Benny’s logo, are available for purchase online and range from $20-$50.

Benny’s, the former retailer that closed up shop in 2017, has just released a brand new collection of vintage, authorized clothing.