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The Johnston-based Carpionato Group has acquired the rights to more than 200,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space at The Shops at Quonset, which sits at the gateway to Quonset Business Park.

One of the largest real estate developers in New England has made a local addition to its portfolio.

Carpionato Group, based in Johnston, announced Sept. 13 it has acquired The Shops at Quonset from New Boston Real Estate Investment Fund. The site includes 166,000 square feet of retail space occupied by Dave’s Marketplace, Kohl’s and Homegoods, along with 55,000 square feet of “stand-alone building pad sites to be developed for retail and/or restaurants,” according to a press release.

The site is part of the area managed by the Quonset Development Corp. and stands at the “gateway to Quonset Business Park,” the release states. The acquisition does not include the site formerly occupied by Lowe’s. The sale price was just less than $8 million.

“Every day more than 11,000 people go to work at the Quonset Business Park, and this major commercial property represents a tremendous opportunity to provide enhanced and convenient shopping and dining options to an underserved marketplace,” Kelly Coates, president of Carpionato Group, said in the release.

Joe Pierik, Carpionato Group’s vice president of commercial leasing, said in the release that a study will be undertaken regarding ways to improve access to The Shops at Quonset.

“Essentially, we will be looking at fundamental modifications relating to access and parking as well as identifying more compelling way-finding signage, all of which will make it easier for people who shop here,” he said.

Town Manager A. Ralph Mollis spoke highly of his past experience with Carpianato Group and said the company’s local acquisition could prove beneficial to the town.

“I’ve had the opportunity to work with Carpionato in the past and I’m excited about the prospect of them having a presence here in North Kingstown, what it could mean to the property in question and the possibilities their presence brings to future economic development along Post Road and throughout our community,” he said.

Carpionato Group, known for its Chapel View development in Cranston and other properties across Rhode Island, has made other major acquisitions in recent months. The company acquired the 23.5-acre former Newport Grand site in Newport in the spring. In November 2017, it announced plans to acquire and redevelop 29 former Benny’s locations in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

“Given our extensive knowledge of the Rhode Island marketplace, and relationships with regional and national retailers and restaurants, we have a significant ability to cross-collaborate on this project with our work developing the former Benny’s locations in nearby East Greenwich, Wakefield and Westerly as well as our redevelopment of the former Newport Grand property,” Coates said in the release.

Narragansett

After more than four years, Christine Quigley is leaving her role as operations manager for the Narragansett Chamber of Commerce.

In a recent press release, the Chamber’s Board of Director’s announced Quigley’s departure and named Margaret Fradette as her successor.

“Christine has been a wonderful ambassador of our town through her work in the Visitor Center and as an advocate for the business community,” the release reads. “It is with heavy hearts that we wish Christine the best in her future endeavors and owe her a debt of gratitude for all the work and growth that she has brought to the Narragansett Chamber of Commerce.”

Quigley said she is relocating to Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband, John, who recently received a promotion from his employer, International Game Technology.

“I’m really proud of my husband,” she said.

During her time at the Narragansett Chamber, Quigley has worked to coordinate and conduct summer and spring events. She helped to develop the Rhode Island Calamari Festival, which marked its fourth year this month.

“I wanted to see the festival through,” she said. “I had the privilege of being here when we first put the festival together. It’s a small operation here and I wanted to make sure it was successful.”

Quigley will be acting operations manager through Sept. 22.

Fradette said she has lived in the South County area for approximately 40 years. In addition to her time working in the medical device business, she used to own The Studio, a dance company in Point Judith. She also served on the town’s Economic Development Committee and has been a member of various neighborhood organizations.

“A local politician reached out to me and let me know there might be an opening [with the Chamber],” she said. “[The Board of Directors] knows of my work outside the Chamber, what I do and how I participate. I came to mind, which is a nice compliment.”

The release states that Fradette has “extensive experience in marketing, business development and growth from her 30-plus year career in market development.”

North Kingstown

The Town Council on Sept. 10 approved a Class B full liquor license for Dragon Palace, a restaurant seeking to open its third location at 7400 Post Road.

Attorney Robert Craven represented Dragon Palace, which also has operations in Coventry, Richmond and Wakefield, at the meeting. Councilor Doreen Costa said she is pleased the business is coming to North Kingstown and called the move “fantastic.”

South Kingstown

A new Indian restaurant has opened in town.

Bombay Flame, 60 Old Tower Hill Road, Wakefield, opened for business Sept. 11. The location was previously occupied by Chen’s Restaurant.

Co-owner Manoj Nair said he saw a major opportunity when the site came to his attention.

“I have another restaurant in Massachusetts, its name is Mint Indian Lakeside Dining, and I always wanted to open up another place. I was looking around everywhere and I found this place,” he said. “There was a lot of traffic going around, so I thought it would be a better location for me to open up a second location for my restaurant. There’s not a lot of Indian restaurants around, and there’s not a lot of restaurants year-round that offer lunch buffets.”

Bombay Flame features the lunch buffet from its 11:30 a.m. opening until 2:30 p.m. Nair said the buffet offers a variety of choices for both vegetarians and meat lovers.

“We have fried vegetarian dishes and three to four chicken dishes, lamb, a couple of desserts,” he said.

Bombay Flame’s menu is extensive, from a classic chicken tandoori and goat vindaloo to vegan and vegetarian options, such as the signature lasooni gobi, crispy cauliflower florets in a sweet chili garlic sauce. The eatery also offers varieties of the traditional Indian yogurt drink lassi, with flavors such as mango and strawberry.

Bombay Flame will also feature a full bar. For now, it will be closed on Mondays.

“I just want to see how it goes for a couple months, and then I would change my plans depending on what the customers need,” Nair said.

To learn more, visit bombaywakefield.com or follow the restaurant’s Facebook page.

Staff writers Zack DeLuca, Matthew Enright and Jacob Marrocco contributed to this report.

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