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Benny’s Stores Impresses with Back to School Merchandise

Benny' storesBenny’s is well-schooled when it comes to back to school merchandise.


One of my all-time favorite local department stores, Benny’s always seems to have a nice selection and layout of lunch kits, backpacks, pens, pencils, paper goods, book covers, notebooks, organizers and more at some very good prices. The rest of the store is quite impressive, too, year-round, with home goods, electronics, houseware, toys, and tires. We’ve always found the help “old-fashioned” helpful, knowledgeable and courteous. Men employees are still required to wear shirt and tie! The store bridges nicely between the mom and pop stores and big box superstore concepts. We find that this type of hybrid store makes for a nice shopping experience!

Benny’s has been around since 1924 with several stores primarily located in Rhode Island, but we’ve also found them in the Massachusetts towns of North Attleboro, Mansfield, Fairhaven, Plymouth and Raynham. You’ll also find several in Connecticut. We recommend logging onto the Benny’s web site to check out what this landmark southern New England retail chain is all about and to find the store closest to where you live.

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