On the night of May 19, a fire of unknown origin in the building housing Davis Dairy Products caused significant damage to the business, forcing its closure for the foreseeable future. The store, located on Hope Street in Providence, was Rhode Island’s only Kosher grocery and a supplier of wholesale Kosher goods to local nursing homes and restaurants.
The store’s owners released a statement acknowledging the outpouring of support and concern that they have received from members of the community and thanking the community for that support. The statement also indicated that the owners have been working with their insurance company to “plan [their] road ahead.” In the meantime, other businesses have stepped in to fill the void.
Ahava Catering in Providence is now stocking meat and dairy items for sale to the community with the promise of more items to come. Zayde’s Market in Canton, Massachusetts, is offering home delivery as well as a weekly drop off at Temple Emanu-El in Providence.