This business was located at the corner of First Street and Broadway.
In the 1900’s, W.P. Franklin was a traveling hardware salesman in Florida. In 1904, he visited Fort Myers. He returned in 1913 and took over a hardware store at First and Hendry. It was called Franklin Hardware Company.
In 1937, he built a new store at Broadway and First Street. The building has an unique art deco style. There was Carrera Glass on the front facade. This was a hardware store until the 1960’s.
After the store closed, it was taken over by the Saint Vincent DePaul Thrift Store.
Currently, this now is an elegant two story shopping emporium. It features a mix of jewelry, fashion, art work, finishing accessories, and beauty gifts.