Benny’s is a Southern New England chain of 31 stores that has been in business for 93 years, owned by the Bromberg family. The reason given for closure is the monumental changes in the retail industry and desire of this generation of Bromberg’s to retire.
The owners concluded that their business model was no longer viable. Now it wasn’t that they couldn’t compete. The first R.I Walmart opened in Westerly a few years ago right behind a Benny’s. While their business dropped for a time, they figured out how to coexist in the shadow of the box store. The products are always the same but the way to obtain them has changed. However, in order to endure they had to continually innovate and remain fresh and relevant. Ultimately, rather than continue down the road of constant change and innovation the decision to close was made leaving 700 people looking for work elsewhere.
The message of The Ridge Church is always the same, “For God so loved the world he gave his one and only son. Whoever believes in him will not perish but have life everlasting.” However, for The Ridge Church to remain fresh, viable, and relevant we too must continue down the road of constant change and innovation.
The alternative is playing out before us in the business world.
We Labor Together With God, Wes