There's no other way to say it. Frugal Franks was kind of a weird store. You could buy everything from bird seed to holiday decorations, furniture to canned goods, dog food to tons and tons of candy. When you walked in, you never knew what you'd find at Frugal Franks.

Then came 2020.  No, it wasn't a Covid-related closing, because we made the announcement in January, months before the pandemic really started to bear down on the economy.

When we asked Frugal Franks more than three years ago why it decided to close, Dawn and Frank Wright said they wanted to enjoy retirement while they still could.

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"It was a hard decision to make," Dawn said, adding, "I'll miss the people the most. We may move."

Frugal via Facebook
Frugal via Facebook

Three years later, the itch to return and run the business again has bitten Dawn.  A Facebook page has been launched announcing the return of "Frugal."

Where's Frank?

As you can tell from the new name, Frank will not be a part of the new version of the store. Instead, this time around, daughter Melissa will partner with Dawn.

The two of them have been operating behind Workout World in Fall River on Pocasset Street. Their Facebook page encourages customers to call first to get directions to where they are. They're looking for a brick-and-mortar location to rebuild the business.

In a Frugal Facebook post Thursday, they wrote:
We are also in the process of finding a physical building to REOPEN. At this time we can not take credit or food stamps, CASH ONLY!!!  We are selling a few things for Easter. As we go thru the inventory of the storage room I will post more items.. Clothes, health and beauty, small appliances, outdoor products, just soo much.
No word yet on whether the mother and daughter duo have plans to bring back the Frugal Franks car show.

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