Downtown Franklin Shop Closing

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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.”


  1. Sad to be losing the Shops on Main. It is a unique and fair-priced establishment. It was really attractively organized and a pleasure to shop. Great staff too! You will be missed. Will sign up on a mailing list to find your new location.

  2. Nooooo!!!! I love this shoppe and feel it’s been instrumental, with all its own character and charm, to draw visitors and locals to shop on Main Street. It’s one of the few places, as a local, that I would stop in for quick shopping, gifts or a relaxing holiday peruse. I always find something I love!!!

  3. I’m so sorry to hear this. My favorite store on Main Street. Your store is the draw for my family. We visit other shops and eat while we’re there. God bless you and the next chapter for you.

  4. This is extremely frustrating. I shop here quite frequently and always bring family and friends here when they are visiting from out of town. I’m very discouraged to what has happened to Downtown Franklin. Yes, it is very aesthetically pleasing, but it’s getting to the point where all I will be able to do is window shop.

  5. I am so upset that this is happening! This is a store that met everyone’s needs! You could actually afford to buy something and always found unique and quality items. What a loss this will be for the area!

  6. We have recently moved from Franklin and one of my sadest memories will be of all of the wonderful local family owned businesses that lined Main Street. Much of the charm of Franklin was those stores. So sad to see big business move in and take over.

  7. Problem in Franklin is that owners of these buildings are greedy. They have no respect or decency about business.
    It falls on the city to step up. The owners of these buildings that make deals behind their tenants backs is not business.
    Their names need published for everyone to see.

  8. I agree with all of those who are upset about closing a fantastic shop which was good for tourists and locals to open another restaurant. Think we are making downtown less unique.

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