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Legendary Southern New England Retailer Closing Its Doors

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Legendary Southern New England Retailer Closing Its Doors

In a surprising announcement, Benny’s will be closing its doors at the end of 2017. The retailer owns and operates 31 stores in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.

Benny’s is well known for selling everything from snow shovels, car parts, bikes, and a bunch of other things to Southern New Englanders

While it is unclear if the chain’s sales have declined, the move to close down shop is being sold as the owners wanting to retire.

The President of Benny’s, Arnold Bromberg, is the third generation of his family to run the chain. With the family telling employees about the move on Friday afternoon they released a statement discussing their reasoning for the shutdown.

“We take great pride in what our retail stores have meant to our employees and many loyal customers for so long. But it is simply time,” Bromberg said in a statement. Changes in the retail industry have made it “nearly impossible for small, family-owned chains like ours to reasonably compete moving forward,” he said.

This closure will put 715 part-time and full-time workers out of work in all three states in which they operate. The company is privately held, so all sales figures are private. But Bromberg had this to say when describing the industry and its bleak outlook.

This was “a calculated business decision based on our knowledge of the retail industry and where it is going in the future.” He later added, “That future is not so bright for small, family-owned chains like ours.”.

Benny’s owns most of its stores’ land and buildings, and Bromberg said they are fielding offers for the real estate, “with an eye toward future use.”

According to the family, many of their stores sit on land on which the company owns. The families plan is to sell the real estate off. For the Bromberg family and their customers who have shopped at Benny’s for generations, this hits home hard.

“We feel that Benny’s has become part of what makes our small corner of the world so special,” Bromberg said. “We’ll miss our loyal customers and our employees — friends and neighbors — generations of whom have shopped our stores for the past 93 years and have referred to Benny’s as ‘my favorite store.’

With shopping in 2017 continuing to trend online with companies like Amazon taking over. Hearing of this news isn’t a shock. But the continuing of a trend that showcases small and medium size American businesses being killed off.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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This weekend promises to be the greatest weekend of the year. Just look at the sheer quantity of sporting events. The World Series, the NFL and the NBA are all in full-swing – it’s the Autumn Trifecta.

You’d need screens inestimable, in order to consume all of these contests at once. I know that, come Sunday night, my living room is going to contain enough wires and hardware to jack into the Matrix, if I wanted to (and I do).

So make yourself some nachos (or whatever you kids eat nowadays) and crack open a sodie pop. It’s time for a super special installment of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly – the Greatest Weekend Ever Edition.

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Pat’s Back on Track, Sale Lets us Down, Cam’s Big Mouth

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There comes a time, but once a year, when the respective schedules of 3 decorated Boston Sports teams overlap. It is the most sanctified of trifectas. One could call it the sports equivalent of a three-way eclipse. When such a thing happens, the real-world is opaqued and overshadowed by it’s importance.

Okay, ditching the bombast now.

On this past Thursday, the Red Sox, the Bruins and the Patriots all participated in very important games. This smorgasbord of sports was served at a most opportune time for New Englanders. We were all starting to get a tad depressed, considering the most recent downward trend of our beloved franchises.

I mean going into Thursday night, the Patriots were tied with the New York Jets in the AFC East. That sentence alone encapsulates just how poorly things have been going here in Boston, as of late.

How will we ever get through this densely entangled mess of Boston Sports? You already know: It’s time for another highly anticipated edition of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

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Cumberland RI Driver Showcases Road Rage On Mendon

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Cumberland RI Driver Showcases Road Rage On Mendon Road With Several Illegal Infractions In A Matter Of Seconds

At 10:45 pm on Wednesday night in Cumberland Rhode Island a driver showcased a world class case of road rage. Many of you have likely seen it for yourselves. The classic you are going to slow and the car behind you makes an aggressive illegal pass despite your speed being the speed limit.

But on Wednesday night in Cumberland, this aggressiveness showed a driver who was willing to risk it all to pass a car on a corner in the wet.

By now if you haven’t guessed it, let me reveal something to you. I was the car that got passed on the road. But I wasn’t alone in the car, no, I had Trifecta’s own, Evan Cook alongside to document the illegal pass and high speeds this Hyundai SUV used to evade the honking of the well-known horn.

The speed limit on Mendon Road is 30 MPH, a speed to which I was adhering to. The weather was poor with visibility lowered in extremely wet conditions. The driver of the Hyundai SUV decided the speed limit was simply too slow for them, so with a solid double line in front of JJ Duffy Funeral Home, they decided to make a pass.

Then to avoid the honking horn, they quickly speed up Mendon Road towards Forecourt going a speed exceeding 55mph in a 30 mph zone.

It wasn’t as if the car had been sitting behind me for quite some time, no this car sped up behind and proceeded to pass illegally without any thought to any human life.

Now many of you have likely seen a similar instance of this and have wondered why doesn’t someone put them on blast. Well today, this Hyundai SUV driver decided to pass the wrong car.

We have reached out to Cumberland Police for a comment.

 

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