Alex and Ani is leaving East Greenwich’s Main Street but opening a 100,000-sq.-foot distribution center in the former Bostitch building on South County Trail.
Spokesman Gregg Perry said he did not know when the Main Street store would close but a worker at the store said she’d heard it would close Feb. 15, one day after the Valentine’s Day holiday.
“There will still be three stores in Rhode Island, in Cranston, Newport and Providence,” said Perry. All EG employees will be offered other positions, he added. The jewelry company is based in Cranston.
The new distribution center is due to open in the spring and will serve as the main “product fulfillment center” for the company’s retail stores, online sales and retail partners. Alex and Ani joins Toray Plastics, which also leases space from Bostitch.
The store on Main Street opened in 2011 and was an instant hit. The first couple of Decembers, the store employed a valet car service, so customers did not have to worry about finding a place to park. This is not the first time Alex and Ani has leased warehouse space in East Greenwich. For a time in 2012-13, the company leased space at 461 Main St.
What does all this mean for any tax revenue coming to the town? Probably a net gain, but nothing substantial. Losing the store means a dip in the property taxes paid by the owner of the building – on the store’s furnishings. The owner will still need to pay taxes on the actual property. Sales tax revenue goes to the state, so no loss to the town there.
Bostitch is still paying property taxes on its South County Trail property. Anything Alex and Ani brings in as furnishings will also be taxed by the town.
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Its sad to see another store move away from Main St. I hope the Town Council will try to understand the reasons and take whatever actions it can to encourage businesses to move in…and hopefully not more nail salons.
I think this article is missing a HUGE point. By bringing all the staff to work at this 100,000 square foot facility local businesses will benefit! Employees will need lunch, gas, prescription medications, etc…Tax income will continue to be the same for the town (better is it was more) but lets look at how it can help local businesses and the local economy. #EGChamberC
That’s a good point, Lisa. I don’t yet have the details about employees at the warehouse facility – guess I’d better get on that! Thanks for commenting.