Your brick-and-mortar choices to buy scented candles, potpourri, and air fresheners in Newport, Rhode Island just got a lot smaller.

Earlier this month and without any public notice, Yankee Candle closed its store located at 36 America’s Cup Avenue/Long Wharf Mall in Newport.

“On background I can confirm we have closed the Yankee Candle store at Long Wharf Mall, and although I am not sure about this specific location, Yankee Candle has closed a few under performing stores every year around this time of year, which mainly has to do with the timing of our leases,
Claire-Aude Staraci, a spokesperson for Yankee Candle told What’s Up Newp.

What’sUpNewp has been told from local real estate agents that another business is already lined up to fill the location. Those details to come.

According to the company’s website, they have a nationwide base of over 500 company-owned retail stores, including three remaining in Rhode Island – Cranston, Providence, and Smithfield.

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Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at and 401-662-1653.