About Us

One location, one hundred shops. This fabulous concept has made The Franklin Shops a number one destination for shoppers in the Downtown Fort Myers River District.The elegant two-story shopping emporium offers a great retail mix: jewelry and fashion, artwork and furnishing, accessories, beauty products, gifts, and more. It's a festival of shops at a unique downtown location. The historical store and beautiful store front on First Street reflect the varied history of Downtown Fort Myers.
Our historic 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 influenced buildings within the Historic River 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.
Now, with a calendar full of musical and fine arts performances, The Franklin Shops offers a platform for local artists and contributes to the lively and stimulating flair of the River District.

The Franklin Shops offers a 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? Learn more here about Leasing here.  All this creates an inspired and exciting retail experience. Less predictable, more fun, and definitely a place for discoveries.

For more information about upcoming happenings, check out local Downtown Fort Myers River district events.  We look forward to seeing you in our store soon!