Raynham announced a day from the home office that Benny would go out of business at the end of the year, and the stores were packed with shoppers looking for bargains.
But Saturday’s mood was tempered by grief, and many lamented the demise of the shopping traditions that would take place in the coming decades.
“It’s so sad,” said a mother as she heard her young son walk through the shop.
George Cayton, who had been in the store when he was still a teenager, it was an individual.
“When I heard the news (on TV), I said, ‘Oh, no, they can’t take Benny away from me,’ he said.
A one-time employee and loyal client exchanged a comforting hug and shop manager, Scott Green, at one point.
Green, who has been successful in stores for the past 15 years at 2 new national road, said he was not at liberty to discuss the press release Friday, Benny President Arnold Bromberg.
In his statement, Bromberg, Facebook decided to close all 31 homes in Massachusetts, saying that Rhode Island and Connecticut are due to family members who want to retire, but also because of changes in the retail face… Especially for brick and mortar companies, they face the dominance of online retailers such as Amazon and other retailers.
The 93 year old Rhode Island based Benny also has a distribution center with 715 employees, 386 of whom are full-time employees.
Catton, who lived in Berkley, but grew up in Taunton, recalls his youth when he was out of school and with Summers, mostly at the store’s car service department.
“I don’t have brakes, adjust, install batteries, starters, generators, everything,” he said.
Cayton, 66, said he clearly remembers the former manager of the “building” in his shop, Vee Lo Keogh roaring noise, helping customers at the store’s halloween costumes shop online bicycle festival.
Catton’s wife, Joe, who was at the store on Saturday, said Benny’s prepaid policy was a godsend, especially years ago, when they put money in their children’s Christmas presents.
“When we were young, we had only a little money,” she said. “It does help.”
A clerk who asked not to be named said the store would continue its prepaid plans of halloween costumes shop online until it was closed, but no gift cards were sold.
Maria Ternullo’s motto, Massachusetts, says, “if Benny doesn’t have it, you don’t need to always come true.”
Ternullo, who says she owns an apartment in Taunton for many years, says Benny has been her “all ready” shop.
“Ever since I own an apartment, whenever we need a tap, a small pipe, and what, we say,” let’s run, Benny, “Ternullo, 61,” said.
“Happy walk in and Benny’s shopping,” says customer Dan Laffan, “some weird combination of merchandise or halloween costumes shop online in the store.”
“If there is some strange things, you can find it in Barney’s,” Laffan, 62, said.
In addition to bicycles and cheap tires, Benny has always been famous for his toy stock.
Stores also sell fishing gear, electronic food, socks, underwear, Halloween costumes, bonfires, fireplaces and ovens.
There is also a duplicate machine key.
Raynham shops, a small part of the town across the line into Taunton in 1962 when it was still called Benny auto shop opened.
2012, the Taunton daily interview marks the fiftieth anniversary of the route 44 stores, and Arnold Bromberg recalls the background of rural housing in early 60s.
“If you look at the picture from behind, you’ll see the house – there’s nothing here,” he said.”
Raynham Benny has been sitting between a Stop & Shop and Kentucky fried chicken for years.
Bromberg, at the age of 61, the newspaper said, his grandfather, Benjamin, in the last century at the end of the 20s car shop opened Benny in downtown Taunton, 8 Broadway, adjacent to the Bristol County Superior Court building.
When the store moved to Raynham, Bromberg said it initially included 20000 square feet, but then expanded to 33000 square feet of warehouse space to increase.
“This is the template (store of the future),” he said.