About The Franklin Shops
One location, one hundred shops. This fabulous concept made The Franklin Shops the number one destination for shoppers in the River District.
The elegant two story shopping emporium offers a great retail mix: jewelry and fashion, art work and furnishing, accessories, beauty, gifts, and outstanding cuisine.
It's a festival of shops at a unique downtown location. The historical store and the beautiful store front at First Street reflect the varied history of Downtown Fort Myers.
With a calendar filled with musical and fine arts performances, The Franklin Shops offer a platform for local artists and contribute to the lively and stimulating flair of the River District. For more information about upcoming performances, please go to Events.
All this creates an inspirited and exciting retail experience. Less predictable, more fun, and definitely a place for discoveries.
At the same time, The Franklin Shops offer the solution for retailers to run a business without dealing with immense overhead costs. This is perfect for start-ups and businesses that are expanding or downsizing. Interested? Please go to Leasing.
The historical building was constructed in 1937 for the Franklin Hardware Store. The architecture was particularly unique for the time, as it was one of the very few art deco influence buildings within the Historic District. Most notable is the use of vitrolite (Carrara Glass) on the front façade, which characterizes the elegant store front. The hardware store remained until the 1960's, at which time it became home to the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store.