At the beginning of June, we first reported that the historic Halfway Market in Franklin would soon close. Saturday, June 22 will be their last day. After their initial post on Facebook alerting the community of the closing, the market shared the post had been read 32,000 times, with hundreds of comments.
The market gave an update on Facebook saying, “Please keep walking through the door … until it’s no longer ours to open (June 22).” Halfway Market is located at 3101 Southall Road and is open 6am until 6pm daily.
In addition, they shared a slide show of photos from the last 12 years featuring regular customers and those famous biscuits.
Loyal followers of the market have shared their memories of the Halfway Market.
Jim Ladd shared, “There’s no other place in Franklin that reflects old Franklin for folks like me. Mom was born about 2 miles from the market. It’s been a memory haven for me. A place I could go and feel the local kinship I experienced when I was growing up! I will miss the market more than words can say”
Peggie Zajic Landrigan shared, “We moved here to raise our kids in a small community. One with love & gathering places like The Halfway. We are upset with the expansion that is going on around us, but always loved going to Halfway. It was comfort in our community. We are so very sad that now even The Halfway will be gone. Franklin is becoming New York”
Eric Jackson shared, “I have grown up and spent my entire life in Leiper’s Fork and have memories of 3 places. Halfway Market, The Country Boy restaurant and Davis General Store. Those 3 places are iconic to Williamson County and are part of the many reasons so many people want to call Williamson County home. However, all 3 have been challenged over the decades with the simple task of making rent and negotiating reasonable prices with their landlords. With all the growth, all over Williamson County the very reason people have come here is the very thing being extinguished at a rapid pace. These businesses represent a part of humanity that has to continue to be paid forward or we may not like what we are left with for future generations. Stepping foot inside the Halfway Market was like stepping back in time and stepping into a place that is in the business of cultivating connections. I spend many a morning grabbing breakfast at the Market before 6am and even then, the Market is alive with many different generations of people connecting with each other and learning from each other. The experience can be thought of as the very opposite of Starbucks where you step inside and connect with your very complicated coffee and then your devices.”