DOYLESTOWN, PA – The Mercantile, a specialty shopping center in the Doylestown Shopping Center, will close its doors in early 2023.
The staff made the announcement in a statement posted on their Facebook page.
“After much consideration we have come to the decision that our time serving this wonderful community will soon end,” they wrote.
For the past two years, the retail space at the west end of the shopping center has provided a place where artists and art lovers meet, network, and engage in a unique retail and shopping experience.
This idea fueled the epidemic, which removed a major source of income for local workers who no longer had public fairs and places to display and sell their wares.
“When we created this short-term project, it was born out of a need to help artists, builders, artisans, and small businesses that have been most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mercantile executives said. “We wanted to provide them with a safe and unique environment to continue to thrive during these incredibly difficult times.
“With the continued support of this amazing community, we successfully met and even exceeded our goal! Thankfully, COVID-19 is now officially no longer the global emergency it once was. These talented people are now able to continue to grow in our local fairs and other art venues as they did before. We look forward to supporting them on their journey and hope you will join us in following them as they continue to grow in your community and beyond.”
The Mercantile will officially close its doors on Sunday, January 22.
“I am especially grateful to the Doylestown Shopping Center and its free ownership for their cooperation in this community project,” the operators wrote. “It wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for your continued participation and support.
“And most importantly, thank you all for your continued support over the years,” they continued. “This project would not have been a success without everyone’s participation. We are truly humbled and grateful to you all!
“We hope to see you all this holiday season, enjoying one last tradition with us before we say our final goodbyes.”
Rumors have swirled for months that a major tenant is in the works at the end of the mall. However, the tenant has not been confirmed by the owners.