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Clements’ Tracy Anthony honored with Portsmouth Award

She's lauded for keeping store open — and safe — during pandemic

By Jim McGaw
Posted 10/13/20

PORTSMOUTH — Tracy Clements Anthony started working at her parents’ store, Clements’ Marketplace, in 1981 when she was 16.

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Clements’ Tracy Anthony honored with Portsmouth Award

She's lauded for keeping store open — and safe — during pandemic

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PORTSMOUTH — Tracy Clements Anthony started working at her parents’ store, Clements’ Marketplace, in 1981 when she was 16.

Nearly 40 years later, she’s now general manager and has added to the family brand by acquiring Lee’s Market in Westport and opening another Clements’ Marketplace in Plymouth, Mass. Combined, the three supermarkets employ more than 400 full- and part-time employees. 

On Tuesday night, the Town Council honored her with the annual Portsmouth Award, presented to an individual or group that has, over a period of time, made significant contributions to the betterment of the community.

A proclamation read by Council President Kevin Aguiar praised Ms. Anthony, her store managers and staff for keeping all stores open, accessible, and safe during the pandemic.

“She has also maintained the highest degree of customer service by adding senior hours for the convenience of our older population to shop safely and conveniently, and Tracy has shown consistent commitment to our community through her service and volunteerism to a number of local boards and not-for-profit town organizations,” stated the proclamation, adding that Ms. Anthony has also served on the Board of Directors for the R.I. Special Olympics and has served as president of the Rhode Island Food Dealers Association.

“Clements’ has been a staple in the community for a number of years,” Mr. Aguiar said, before adding with a laugh, “I also thank you for putting up with my son, who was there for a few years.”

Ms. Anthony said she was grateful for the honor, and that it was a pleasure to do business in a town that gives the store such community support.

“I really feel like I need to accept this on behalf on my incredible management team and staff at Clements’. They not only make it a very enjoyable job, they make it easy,” she said.

That was fast!

Tuesday’s meeting adjourned only 18 minutes after it began, making it the shortest Town Council gathering in recent memory. 

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A lifelong Portsmouth resident, Jim graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1982 and earned a journalism degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1986. He's worked two different stints at East Bay Newspapers, for a total of 18 years with the company so far. When not running all over town bringing you the news from Portsmouth, Jim listens to lots and lots and lots of music, watches obscure silent films from the '20s and usually has three books going at once. He also loves to cook crazy New Orleans dishes for his wife of 25 years, Michelle, and their two sons, Jake and Max.