GROTON, Conn. (WTNH) — The shelves are looking sparse already at the five Benny’s stores in Connecticut which are slated to close by the end of the year.
“It’s empty now there’s nothing there,” said one man leaving the Groton store.
Bittersweet bargain shopping with everything now 40 percent off.
“Everything is pretty picked over which is such a sad state to say,” said Victoria Ragsdale of Mystic. “I mean this was a part of my childhood as many other people.”
“It’s a shame though,” said Ted Whipple of Mystic. “Hate to see it go. I’ve been coming here since I was a little kid.”
The announcement came earlier this month that all 31 stores in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island would shut their doors for good leaving all 715 employees without work.
One clerk in Groton came from the Waterford store which closed earlier this summer and now he’s left looking for another job again.
“He’s trying different places like… Places like Sears, Target,” said Nadine Pica of Waterford. “They only hire part-time so you don’t have benefits.”
Now another Rhode Island based retailer says it is very interested in hiring some of the displaced employees.
David Sarlitto, an Executive Director with Ocean State Job Lot, tells News 8 they encourage Benny’s employees to apply at OSJB. This is their busy season and he says they are interested in Benny’s employees because they are a very talented workforce.
On Ocean State Job Lot’s Facebook page they announced something big was coming on October 5th but had to clarify the company is not buying Benny’s but it is interested in hiring its employees.
“The service just the customer service in general that’s what they’re known for,” said Shane Richard works at Wayne’s Barbershop next door to Benny’s. “You’re not going to find that anywhere else. They go to Ocean State Job Lot that’s a good spot.”
And one location is practically right across Route one in Groton.
“They would love them,” said Richard. “There’s some great talent over there.”