[Photo Credit Topgolf]
For Immediate Release
October 6, 2023
CRANSTON, RHODE ISLAND – Carpionato Group, based in and committed to Rhode Island, today celebrated the opening of New England’s first Topgolf sports and golf entertainment facility located at 120 Sockanosset Cross Road. This 68,000 square foot project is the 91st Topgolf facility worldwide and will allow for 500 playmakers to participate at any given time. Combined with Carpionato’s redevelopment of the former Citizens Bank building, it will be a major contributor to the local economy, creating new jobs and providing hundreds of thousands of dollars yearly in taxes to the City of Cranston.
“Topgolf’s entry to Rhode Island is about more than just sport and leisure, it is about helping to build our economy,” said K. MacArthur Coates, President & CEO of Carpionato Group. “Topgolf is a destination attraction that will encourage both convention business to Rhode Island, and it will also serve as a place where businesspeople collaborate, innovate and deal-make over shared experiences. In deciding how to repurpose this property on Sockanosset Cross Road, we deliberately looked for a partner that would differentiate Rhode Island, would help to grow business in our state, and create ancillary spending and new jobs within the West Bay where we have so many investments. We are confident we have the right partner to accomplish our goals. The project brings in major tax dollars to Cranston and the State of Rhode Island, and produces terrific employment – in terms of compensation and the total number of positions. State and City officials worked to make this happen – hats off to them for helping us to secure the 1st Topgolf in New England.”
As part of the 100 Sockanosset project, Carpionato Group also worked closely with the RI Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration and the City of Cranston for the reconstruction of the eastern section of Route 37, which included a frontage road from Route 37 at Pontiac Avenue.
“This is an exciting day in Rhode Island as we mark the opening of Topgolf here in the Ocean State,” said Governor Dan McKee. “This venue will bring a new era of entertainment and leisure activities to Rhode Island, promising not only a fun opportunity for families and friends, but also jobs and economic growth for the community. I would like to thank the Carpionato Group, Mayor Hopkins and the entire City of Cranston for their work to bring Topgolf to our state. As an avid golfer myself, I can’t wait to try it out.”
The Sockanoset project also required extensive review and permitting by the City of Cranston and Coates noted Cranston Mayor Ken Hopkins played a pivotal role in that process while on the City Council and as Mayor.
“We could not be more excited for Topgolf RI to open its doors in Cranston,” Mayor Ken Hopkins said. “This will be the greatest sports and family entertainment venue to hit the state since the closing of Rocky Point.”
This Topgolf facility joins other first in Rhode Island outlets at Carpionato properties along Sockanosett Cross Road including at Chapel View. These include REI, Good Feet, Ideal Image, Omaha Steaks, Orange Theory, Pure Barre, CAVA, Metro Mattress and Wayback Burger.
“Topgolf’s decision to open their first New England location adjacent to Chapel View is testament to the vision my husband Alfred Carpionato had for this great city. His focus was to transform Cranston into the premier location to live, work and play, to strategically develop the ultimate lifestyle city” said Sheryl Carpionato, a trustee of Carpionato Group. “I remember the day Alfred and my stepson Domenic Carpionato laid out the plans right on our kitchen island for this highly anticipated venue. And here we are today celebrating this amazing milestone for Topgolf and Carpionato Group. To see our family’s legacy continue on brings me great joy.”
Since 2020, Carpionato Group has leased approximately 355,000 square feet of office, retail and residential space, while the company’s Green Construction unit has managed 530,000sf of new or rehab construction 2020 thru present.
About Carpionato Group
Carpionato Group is a leading New England real estate development company that delivers a platform of integrated real estate professions providing distinguished expertise in their fields. The breadth of experience extends to public & private partnerships, joint ventures, leasing, brokerage, acquisitions, tenant representation, marketing, construction, and property management. With a portfolio of over Six Million square feet of real estate assets comprised of Class A Retail, Office, Residential and Hospitality products and a $1.5 Billion Dollar development project pipeline, Carpionato Group’s vision and growth has unwavering momentum. Our focus for expansion is New England.