For 93 years Benny's was a destination for customers seeking a bargain. From hardware to houseware to tires and bicycles, Benny's had it all. That tradition will end later this year as the chain winds down its operations.
Benny's President Arnold Bromberg and his siblings have decided to shut down the company as they planned for retirement. The third generation of the family to operate Benny's said this was "a calculated business decision based on our knowledge of the retail industry and where it is going in the future." Benny's employs about 715 people, with slightly more than half employed full-time. Benny's owns most of the real estate where its stores operate.
The Rhode Island chain has operated a store in Dennis Port since the 1980's, located in a former grocery story and expanded at least once during its long run. There are also Benny's stores on Cranberry Highway in East Wareham and in the Plymouth Plaza Shopping Center.
All Benny's stores will close and the chain will wind up operations by the end of December.