The Shoppes on Main, a downtown Franklin store, announced on Facebook this week that it will be moving locations– and possibly closing for good.
Located at 413 Main Street, the boutique shop with its various merchants said it lost its lease and will be replaced by unknown tenants.
As per its Facebook post:
We found out in June through the grapevine (just like you) that our lease was not going to be renewed and another tenant had already signed a lease months earlier to take over our space. We were not asked if we wanted to renew and had naively thought we might get an extension. We have been trying to find another space since we found out and had thought we had secured the former Inspirations on Main space. On November 1st, the building owner changed their minds and decided to proceed with their original plans of putting in another restaurant. We were devastated as that was our last hope of staying on Main Street. If we don’t find another location, we will be saying good-bye to Downtown Franklin in early March.”
The former location of Inspirations on Main is going to be The Grilled Cheeserie.
The shoppes opened in October 2009.
“We took the chance and like to think we played a small roll in the area becoming so successful,” the owners said on Facebook. “We started with 22 merchants and for the last two years were down to just three.”
They expressed the feeling that downtown Franklin never supported their shop.
“We have never been featured on any of the Downtown Franklin social media feeds or in any of their promotional material about Franklin,” they wrote. “But because of you, our customers, we have been voted Favorite Local Merchant in Franklin for the last four years and were runner-up in previous years.”
The store will have a sale while it is going out of business.
“We will be closed December 31stt to January 2nd. When we reopen on January 3rd in addition to our merchandise all furniture and display items will also be 50 percent off.
“Thank you again for your support of our small business. We have truly loved meeting each and every one of you.”