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EAST GREENWICH â€“ Some people think outside the box.
Jerry Thompson thinks outside the box stores.
Thatâ€™s what Thompson, who has run Briarbrook Farm with his family decades before Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Loweâ€™s or Target even existed, calls those mega-chains â€“ â€śBox stores.â€ť
These are chains, which bind and constrict. Now entering its 62nd year, the Mom and Pop operation that is Briarbrook â€“ a fixture on South County Trail since Truman was in office â€“ has succeeded in competing with one-stop mega-stores.
But the Thompson family â€“ Mother Hilda, still assisting at 90, Jerry, Dean, Nanci and Alice â€“ mind the daily operations. Jerryâ€™s wife Sandra, Deanâ€™s wife Charlene, daughters Dianne and Lisa, sons Stephen and Jim along with their wives Mia and Heidi; grandchildren Kelsey and Christopher Samek can all be found lending a hand on weekends and holidays.
For more on this story, check out the Dec. 1 edition of the East Greenwich Pendulum.