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SE New England; Bennys retailer; calling it quits. #4516329
09/14/17 05:21 PM
09/14/17 05:21 PM
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Middlesex County CT
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End of this year; company wants an orderly shutdown and indicates family owner small retail future not looking good.

http://www.rimonthly.com/bennys-is-retiring-all-stores-to-close-by-the-end-of-2017/

Home of Citgo $1.39 Syn oil after rebate and great Cooper deals; 90+ year history. I once got tires and they had to call another store to see if they had some; I picked them up at the other store DAYS later and they basically rolled them out and addressed me with my surname. No hunting around, no asking if anyone knew what I was talking about; They will be missed.



Willimantic CT; first one I ever went to. (below)


Groton Ct; (still there)


Norwich CT





Last edited by simple_gifts; 09/14/17 05:22 PM.

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Re: SE New England; Bennys retailer; calling it quits. [Re: simple_gifts] #4516337
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Seems the saying that the only constant is change is true. The change isn't always in the right direction. Never been in a Benny's store but it looks like my kind of place.

Re: SE New England; Bennys retailer; calling it quits. [Re: simple_gifts] #4516341
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Originally Posted By: simple_gifts

Groton Ct; (still there)





Per Google Street View, not much has changed!


Re: SE New England; Bennys retailer; calling it quits. [Re: simple_gifts] #4516356
09/14/17 05:57 PM
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Cool nastlagia but the family want to retire and owns the real estate of 32 or so stores. They want to cash out those properties.

Re: SE New England; Bennys retailer; calling it quits. [Re: simple_gifts] #4516414
09/14/17 07:03 PM
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Been going to Benny's since late 1970's/early 1980's. They will be missed. And another Dollar General opens up near me. I'd take the Benny's.


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Re: SE New England; Bennys retailer; calling it quits. [Re: simple_gifts] #4516447
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Those Benny's pics reminds me of the heyday of Western Auto. You could go in and buy fishing rods, ammo and guns, car parts, all kinds of car accessories (like drink holders that fit on the transmission hump, remember those?), and yes, home appliances.


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Re: SE New England; Bennys retailer; calling it quits. [Re: simple_gifts] #4516514
09/14/17 08:35 PM
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I'm sure Wal-Mart is so much better... lol...

Re: SE New England; Bennys retailer; calling it quits. [Re: simple_gifts] #4516612
09/14/17 10:24 PM
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Western Auto is exactly what I thought of also!

Re: SE New England; Bennys retailer; calling it quits. [Re: simple_gifts] #4516642
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Funny, ive never heard of them, granted i havent been to CT much either. Love the old classic pics! Its too bad. We need more mom and pop kind of places these days. I like variety and maybe it could be a chance of getting good service. We all need to get together and start something lol.


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Re: SE New England; Bennys retailer; calling it quits. [Re: simple_gifts] #4516659
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Sad, but a pretty cool store...


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Re: SE New England; Bennys retailer; calling it quits. [Re: simple_gifts] #4516887
09/15/17 09:19 AM
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I used to go to the Willimantic one with my dad all the time growing up. Now it is a Big Lots I believe. I haven't been back since Benny's left.

I remember my dad getting tires and batteries there a few times, among other things. It seemed like they had pretty much everything there.


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Re: SE New England; Bennys retailer; calling it quits. [Re: simple_gifts] #4516995
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Need to stock up on $2/quart oil. smile


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Re: SE New England; Bennys retailer; calling it quits. [Re: Langanobob] #4517112
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Originally Posted By: Langanobob
Seems the saying that the only constant is change is true. The change isn't always in the right direction. Never been in a Benny's store but it looks like my kind of place.
Right you are Langanobob. The "only constant is change." Author and UCLA instructor K.C. Cole says in " The Hole in the Universe" that change (time) is necessary for our existence. " If time were perfectly symmetrical, there would be no past or future." All the other laws of nature run both ways, but time alone, contrary to special relativity, runs in only one direction. We remember the past and contemplate the future.Perfect symmetry is not part of the human experience. Perhaps that is why Navajo weavers always weave a flaw in their beautiful rugs. I know, I know. You are thinking of what Olson Johnson told Howard Johnson at the townhall meeting in "Blazing Saddles." smile

Re: SE New England; Bennys retailer; calling it quits. [Re: simple_gifts] #4517130
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I remember these kinds of stores everywhere when I was growing up. I think pretty much everything back then was mom and pop. I really can't remember noticing when corporations started taking over. It's just like suddenly one day it was there,everywhere. I grew up in the 70s (born in 1969).


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