Benny's closing all stores by end of 2017

Citing retirement and changing retail habits, company will wind down operations by the end of this year

Posted 9/8/17

Benny’s stores, for 93 years a unique family-owned fixture in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Southeastern Massachusetts retailing, will cease operations at all locations, effective at the close …

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