Cumberland mill store to a "mixed use" development of retail and residential space

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Services for Real Estate Pros with (FIRST Exclusive Buyer's Office Providence-RI) RI BO5192

 

at HISTORIC Ann & Hope Mill complex
in the village of Lonsdale in Cumberland, Rhode Island

GRAND OPENING this weekend
November 5th and 7th
  • 56,000 sq ft Indoor market with 300 booths. 
  • Larger than a football field under one roof·        
  • 65,000 sq ft Outdoor market (Ann & Hope’s entire garden shop) with 150 outdoor spots        
  • Brand new bathrooms with granite tops      
  • Handicapped accessible        
  • Electricity available at every spot
  • Well lighted, Heated, Air-Conditioned  
  • New permanent food courts with booth seating
  • Plenty of Customer Parking - Vendor Parking area and entrance·  
The right demographics with over 450,000 within a 5 mile radius
Open every Saturday and Sunday 8 AM to 5 PM
Intense/Targeted advertising campaign:  TV, Radio, Print, Hispanic.  Entertainment/Promotions
·            
Access every Thursday for re-stocking 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM   

Ann & Hope, is a privately held company,  was founded by Martin (Marty) Chase, one of six sons, who was born in 1906 in Kiev, Ukraine and moved to Providence, RI with his family at the age of six. By reducing overhead he started Chase Clothing.

As World War II approached, the clothing market fell into decline, and Chase began to look for another line of work. In 1946, he purchased the Ann & Hope Mill complex in the village of Lonsdale at 1 Ann & Hope Way in Cumberland, Rhode Island 02864. He split the large, empty mill into several small pieces and rented them individually.

Some time before December 1953, one of the tenants left the Mill, leaving a large amount of ribbon behind. Rather than dispose of it, the Chases opened the area to the other employees of the Mill and sold the ribbon. Chase then had the idea to reopen a clothing store in the Mill, initially on the third floor. By the following spring, the operation had become large enough that it was relocated to the ground floor. and basement level. To get store patron's items from one floor to the other a special carriage lift was created and operated by staff, (This is still in the lower level and has not been removed)

 

Over time more products were added, and by 1969, Ann & Hope was a $40 million per year department store operation. Ann & Hope was one the first self-service department stores in which customers could look at items without sales personnel and also one of the first to use shopping carts in a department store.

 

It has been written that Walmart and K-Mart were launched after their founders Sam Walton and Harry Cunningham visited Ann & Hope.

The key people today are:
CEO Fred Looney
President- Irwin Chase
Director- store operations Ron Dore


Stop by and say "hello to me" if you are in the vicinity. I have rented space for my Kathleen's Avon Boutique and More. I am in booth #260 across from Harley Davison posters and signs and the shoe gallery and Sparky's snack bar. I have posted videos of my process of getting my space ready, still not done have only today, Friday to finish.

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Barb & Sal Dragotta
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Kathleen...what a great history report and an equally good use for that building's growth.  the large buildings that house many, many businesses -private sector types-not only serve the area, but also give small business endeavors an opportunity that they may not have in other venues. Good for your area.  That building has a majestic look to it, doesn't it.    

Barb & Sal

Nov 05, 2010 04:21 AM #1
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Ed Silva
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Kathleen, there are so many of those old mill buildings in your area. So good to see that they are getting a resurrection.

Nov 05, 2010 05:39 AM #2
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Kathleen, WOW "Ann &  Hope", I haven't been to one of those in ages.  I didn't think they were around any more.  Talk about memories from the past :)

Nov 05, 2010 01:04 PM #3
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Steve Hoffacker
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Kathleen,

That is a beautiful building and a great story to go with it. :)

Steve

Nov 05, 2010 04:18 PM #4
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Kathleen Ann Pacheco-Corbett
(FIRST Exclusive Buyer's Office Providence-RI) - Providence, RI
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Barb and Sal,

This historic building is providing mini shops to at least 300 entrepreneurs at reasonable rents and great traffic. I am excited about establishing my Avon Boutique there.

Nov 05, 2010 04:36 PM #5
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Kathleen Ann Pacheco-Corbett
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Ed: I am so pleased that these old mills are getting some new life, as you say resurrected.

Nov 05, 2010 04:46 PM #6
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Kathleen Ann Pacheco-Corbett
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Hi George, When Ann & Hope closed many of their building became Building 19 until many of them closed. Ann and Hope in Cumberland did retain their garden shop and curtain shop as well as a dollar store. I do like the new use as a superstore for over 300+ vendors

Nov 05, 2010 04:49 PM #7
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Kathleen Ann Pacheco-Corbett
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Thank you, Steve. I learned for the first time by doing this history about the shopping carts and Walmart and Kmart's owners visiting Ann and Hope. Some interesting facts.

Nov 05, 2010 04:51 PM #8
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Kathleen,

Your post is now featured on "Observances and Celebrations." Congratulations. :)

Steve

Nov 06, 2010 01:28 AM #9
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Kathleen Ann Pacheco-Corbett
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Steve, thank you so very much for featuring this post. Our Grand Opening was sensational. Would you believe it drew a count of 12,000 . INCREDIBLE. My Avon Boutique was very profitable and I had fun meeting so many nice friendly new customers.

Nov 06, 2010 12:09 PM #10
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