Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Your imagination is the only limit, what would you open in North Kingstown?
Imagine you had the tools and resources at your disposal - what business would you like to open in North Kingstown? What would work in the community? With our "Up to You" series, we've asked North Kingstown residents what they would do with vacant buildings throughout town. Many have called for an upscale restaurant. Others have wanted a Target, Sam's or Costco, especially in the vacant Lowe's building in Quonset. Personally, I wish North Kingstown had a movie theater or small venue to see musical performances and/or plays. If you could open any type of business in town, what would it be? If you have a specific vision for a specific spot in town, even better! Tell us in the comments.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
The council discusses empty buildings, the 23 Washington Street saga and more at Monday night's meeting.
Fate of Vacant Town Buildings Manager Michael Embury proposed ideas for the future of several vacant buildings owned by the town. For several of the buildings, Embury suggested the town hire a real estate firm to market the properties for sale, as the town does not have the expertise or manpower to do so. Selling the buildings would work for properties like the former informational technology building on Reynolds Street and the garage on Oak Hill Road, said Embury. However, Wickford Elementary School may be more complex of an issue. After closing in 2005, the former elementary school has remained dormant from its perch on Phillips Street. Last year, voters shot down a $3.85-million bond to convert the building into a joint town hall and …
Thursday, November 17, 2011
After opening Jan. 2, Foodies of Wickford has closed its doors.
As Wickford's merchants begin to string up the holiday lights and decorate their storefronts, one business will be taking down its sign and closing its doors for good. After just less than a year in the building, Foodies of Wickford closed its doors for the last time on Monday. The gourmet food shop – which sold coffee, sandwiches, artisan cheese, chocolate truffles, pastries and more – moved from the Consignment Goods location behind 21 W. Main St. into the streetfront building after the departure of Bagelz of Wickford in December 2010. Before Bagelz, Wickford Gourmet called the structure home for nearly 26 years. For owners Craig Schennum and James Zajas, juggling Foodies and their other business, Consignments Goods, proved too much for …