Mercantile Project Expands Campus and Local Opportunities
The Ferrum Mercantile will soon be the newest business to join the Ferrum retail and restaurant scene! Located on Route 40, the Mercantile, housed in the former Happy Pappy’s (Fud’s), is being renovated and refurbished to create a welcoming, old-time country store ambiance that will offer something for everyone. The Mountain Creek Café in the Mercantile will feature national chains such as Papa John’s and Metro Deli, and morning coffee and donuts. Other highlights will be a seasonal Farmer’s Market, Blue Ridge-style arts, crafts and collectibles, scheduled live performances by area musicians, and a planned “Farm Museum Trail,” a complimentary, self-guided country walk leading to the authentically restored 19th century German farm buildings across from the Blue Ridge Institute.
The Mercantile is part of the continuing efforts to enhance and revitalize the College’s “front door” and bring more services to students, faculty, staff, and the surrounding community. Papa John’s and the Metro Deli have both financially supported the renovations and equipment for their areas of the Mountain Creek Café in the Mercantile, and some funding for cold food storage has been provided by the Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund.