Downtown Franklin adds new businesses and food truck park

The downtown Franklin business center has experienced significant growth over the past year.

The region has hosted DoublePlay Records & Retro, Cravings by Janet, Branded Ink & Thread and Edward Jones, to name a few. A new Franklin Food Truck Park also recently opened and the Franklin Chamber of Commerce (Room 45005) will be moving there this fall.

Karisa Steed, Franklin’s deputy city manager, said attracting new business to the area is critical to Franklin’s growth.

“Small businesses bring jobs and income to our local economy,” Steed said. “They bring growth and innovation to the community by providing local employment opportunities, while increasing tax revenue and creating a sense of community.”

She says small businesses are the backbone of any community.

“Franklin is poised for growth,” Steed says.

Among inbound investments, the city recently approved a pre-annexation agreement that will see 340 new homes brought to the town of Franklin. This growth, along with our current residents and easy freeway access, will support existing businesses and welcome new businesses.

The school district is also planning an expansion. They are working on the construction of four new classroom buildings and making major upgrades to another.

“The City of Franklin Schools Facilities Project represents a capital investment of more than $130 million in the community,” said Peggy Darragh-Jeromos, executive director of room 45005. “The new schools will be a great appeal for new families and will make our area an attractive place to do business.”

She explains that as these new businesses continue to open in the region, the Chamber is ready to welcome them. They offer free first-year membership to new businesses in the 45005 zip code, giving business owners immediate access to economic benefits including health insurance, energy savings and utility rate discounts. group of workers. They also offer ribbon cutting events for businesses.

Josh Meyers, financial adviser at Edward Jones, said he started researching options for moving his office a few years ago.

“When we started our research, I thought it would be nice to have a presence in downtown Franklin,” he said. “Once I started to investigate further, I started meeting with more city officials and when City Manager Jonathan Westendorf shared his vision and plans for the city, I was immediately on board. “

Meyers said he wanted to be on the ground floor as the city and downtown began to change and grow.

“I believe there’s a ton of opportunity here,” Meyers said.

The relocation of the Edward Jones location to downtown Franklin has also been great for business so far. Meyers says her company is more recognized and more accessible to customers. Already, he has received several calls from new clients, sharing that they were driving and had seen the office from Main Street.

“I believe it adds a lot of credibility to our practice and to downtown Franklin,” Meyers said.

When talking with Franklin residents and businesses, there is one theme that resonates: they are hopeful and excited about what the future holds.

“I am thrilled that we are part of the downtown revitalization,” Darragh-Jeromos said. “I love Franklin – it’s a very tight-knit and supportive community – and I can’t wait to see us realize our potential.”

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