2009-12-16 / Business News

Franklin Shops offer retailers unique opportunity downtown

SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY

The Franklin Shops on First Street will be opening next year in the River District of downtown Fort Myers. This business offers retailers a solution to the escalating overhead cost of operating a business. The store’s “shop concept” is the answer for boutique-level retail businesses to survive and compete in the mass-merchandising retail arena.

The Franklin Shops will be located at First Street and Broadway in a building originally known as The Franklin Hardware store. This 9,650-square-foot building offers the opportunity for up to 70 businesses to call the River District their home.

The Franklin Shops on First Street will function as an all-inclusive shop space management firm. Leasing shop space within the Franklin Shops on First Street offers entrepreneurs services that include facility and personnel management, customer-service management and daily operation services.

By leasing space to different entrepreneurs with unique visions and ideas, The Franklin Shops on First Street has the ability to offer a wide variety of merchandise to customers and a unique shopping experience. The Franklin Shops on First Street will provide entrepreneurs with the opportunity to: start small; identify and modify merchandise being sold; and grow their passion into a real business in the Southwest Florida area.

The Franklin Shops on First Street has identified a strategy that allow boutiquelevel retail stores to recapture their customer base and thrive. The start-up costs and the daily operating costs are part of the investment The Franklin Shops provides to its shop owners. The Franklin Shops’ vision is to provide an upscale facility and daily operation services for shop owners, allowing them to devote their time to identifying and maintaining merchandise that will provide their customers with unique shopping experience.

The Franklin Shops has an expected opening date of fall 2010 and prospective shop owners are now being interviewed.

For more information, contact Allison Campbell, owner of The Franklin Shops on First Street, at 595-6256. 

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