The hole in newport swallows up a lot of hopes but not all
0 people likes this
When Mike and Laurie Desautels opened a UPS store in downtown Newport in September, they expected their business to steadily grow.
The Desautelses set up shop in the Main Street storefront adjacent to a razed city block planned to be the future home of the Renaissance Block project, which would include shops, offices and a hotel — one of a slew of development projects in the area spearheaded by Florida investor Ariel Quiros and local businessman Bill Stenger.
“It was a good time to go into business,” Mike Desautels said Friday afternoon.