By: News Staff


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GREENVILLE, R.I. (WLNE) — It is the end of an era.

The last Benny’s store shutting its doors Monday and many shoppers came out to say their final goodbye to a store that has been a huge part of the local community.

Faithful Benny’s shoppers headed to the Greenville store on Putnam Pike on Monday for one last time.

“This is the last store closing on the last day and so it's kind of an epic event to walk into the store one more time,” said Linda Ricci.

This is the last Benny’s location to shut its doors.

“Am I going to miss it? Yeah. Because you can’t find stuff in other stores and this place has it,” said Deb Lefbvre.

Back in September, the Bromberg family announced the closure of all 31 locations in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. The family said they are choosing to retire, but also citing the increased competition from online retailers like Amazon.

For many, the Greenville store is an institution. The loyal shoppers ABC6 News caught up scanning the bare shelves for any last minute mementos. Many still can not believe this is the end.

“Everybody is always friendly here you get that hometown feeling. You can always find that one thing that you can't find anywhere else,” said Maazone.

“I had to come for the last day,” said Priscilla Lamberto.

“It’s a sad day it’s a sad day,” Ray Lamberto.

Last month, the Carpionato Group announced that they will buy 29 of the Benny’s locations and will be turned into retail stores and restaurants

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