After sitting vacant for four years the Providence Arcade, one of the country’s oldest indoor shopping malls, has reopened.
Now the building, built in 1828, is getting a new life.
A bike shop, a jewelry store, and a café and bar were among the first wave of new stores to open in the newly renovated Arcade.
In all, eleven of the seventeen shops to be housed in the historic mall were ready for business during the first phase of its re-opening.
Addressing a large crowd on the steps of the building Developer Evan Granoff, said the Arcade will breathe new life into the city’s economy.
“When we cut the ribbon this morning, it will signify the opening of ten new retail shops and one café/bar for eleven total new businesses in the city of Providence. And the best news is that all of these are locally owned Rhode Island based businesses," said Granoff.
Still to open are four more shops, and 48 one-bedroom apartments on the second and third floors.
John Bender, Rhode Island Public Radio.