Remembering Rhode Island's
Good Ol' Days
they had a grants store in north kingstown and one in westerly r.i.
Also one on Metacom Avenue in Bristol. It was the last big one they opened before the chain went bankrupt. I remember that at Christmas they had big bins in their basement that were filled with different figures you could buy for your Nativity display: of course Mary, Joseph, the baby Jesus in the manger, the three kings and the shepherds...also camels, sheep, goats, the camel driver, a man presenting the baby Jesus with a gift of eggs, little boy with pipes or a flute player, dogs, the ox and donkey, etc.
There also was a Grants on Newport ave East Provdence Gansett Shopping Center also had a lunch counter in it had great hot fudge sundaes it closed in 1975 there also was a Mamouth Mart Dept store which closed a few yrs later
I also rember that Grants on newport ave grew up in the area and def had great hot fudge sundaes
The grants in E.P. became a skate park back in the late 70's Ocean State Skate Park.
They opened a huge Grants in Newport before they went out of business in 1976. Before that it was located at Aquidneck Shopping center in middletown. It sold appliances, had a restaurant, and a giant toy department which sold smal motorcycles. WalMart is in the building now.
There was a W.T. Grant store in Coventry, I worked there in high school in the early 70's. It was right next to the Almacs that is pictured elsewhere on this site.
There was one on Willet Ave. in Riverside for many yrs. also had a great restaurant
There was also one in the Aquidneck Shopping Center in Middletown. They were where Shaw's is now, then they moved to where Walmart is now for a short time before becoming a JC Penney. My mother's best friend worked in the Middletown location.
How about one across from Aldrich High School on post rd , Warwick.? Anyone remember?