New Bedford area stores that closed but are missed at holidays

Holiday shopping is well under way and with cargo ships being stuck out in the Pacific Ocean unable to offload shipping containers, shoppers are worried that favorite toy or electronics gizmo might not make it under the Christmas tree in time.  

Remember a time when holiday shopping meant jumping in the car and heading to a favorite store, walking the aisles searching for the perfect gift. Maybe time was spent getting lost in the toy department looking for the present that would make the most racket. 

In-store shopping also meant bundling up the kids so they could be photographed bawling and screaming in sheer terror while sitting on Santa’s lap.  

The Standard-Times put out a call on social media asking what stores you especially miss now that the holidays are here. Here’s a compilation of some of your responses. 

More:Downtown New Bedford Holiday Stroll is back to officially kick off the holiday season


Benny’s was founded in 1924 in Providence and had stores in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. In 2017, the company announced that it would be closing all 31 of its stores. On its Facebook page at the time, owners posted: “Benny’s, after 93 years in business, plans to close all retail locations by the end of 2017 as our ownership family has decided to retire. In a short period of time, the retail landscape has changed dramatically – especially for ‘brick and mortar’ businesses. The decision to retire was strongly influenced by this changing face of retailing.” The store had locations in Fairhaven, Fall River and Middleboro. 

Cherry & Webb 

This much-loved department store had two local stores – one in New Bedford and the other in Fall River. The locals called it “Cherries” and would take elevator rides to hit upon every floor of apparel and merchandise. It was a great place to get holiday shopping done all at once. The New Bedford location at the corner of Purchase & William streets is now the Bristol Community College campus and Café Arpeggio. The store later moved to a much smaller version of itself at the Dartmouth Mall. All the store’s locations were closed due to bankruptcy by 2000.