Man launches petition to get Amazon to buy Benny's
By Alana Cerrone
Southern New England still reeling from the news – after 93 years retail giant Benny's will be closing its doors.
Customers like William Brierly left shocked and broken-hearted. "It’s sad I hoped it would always be there, ya know."
But he's not ready to sit back and watch his childhood memories go out the window. He wants to do something about it.
"I know Amazon recently bought Whole Foods and I was like I know it'd be a long shot but it'd be so neat if they saw this and they were like, ‘Oh let's do this!’"
So he started a petition, which already has close to 300 signatures, asking Amazon to buy and save Benny's.
"It’d be cool if they kept it the same but gave it the technological advantage that Amazon has."
Brierly envisions brick and mortar locations for Amazon to sell their products and even launch their drones.
Even though Benny's co-owner Arnold Bromberg has pointed to changing market conditions, including online retailers like Amazon, as part of their decision to retire, Brierly thinks Amazon might be interested in preserving this piece of history.
If he gets enough signatures, he'll do his best to get the petition in front of decision makers.
"It'd be cool if everyone in Rhode Island would sign it."
The Department of Labor and Training says it's meeting with Benny's to set up what they call a rapid response training to help its hundreds of employees with things like resume writing to get back into the job market before the end of the year.