Ardmore was our first choice when re-locating our 13-year old business. We love the proximity to Philadelphia and so many nearby colleges. Lancaster Avenue is a busy street and gives us great visibility. Neighboring businesses have been very friendly and Ardmore Initiative’s help has made a huge difference!
Pat Dailey, Maido

Doing Business in Ardmore

Ardmore is the perfect place to locate your business for so many reasons.

Accessibility. Ardmore is the epitome of multi-modal, transit-oriented development:

  • Just 9 mi from Center City Philadelphia
  • Convenient Regional Rail, bus, and car access
  • 20,000 cars traveling Lancaster Ave. daily
  • Walkable, neighborhood-oriented downtown
  • Multiple upcoming mixed-used projects

Activity. Ardmore is bustling with commercial activity:

  • 4,400+ employees at Main Line Health System
  • 500 employees at Lower Merion Township Administration Building
  • Over 14 nearby colleges and universities
  • 263 ground-level businesses and growing
  • Suburban Square, home of the nation’s oldest  outdoor shopping center

Affluent & Affordable. Ardmore enjoys high disposable income and a range of residential and commercial rates:

  • Average household income $184,600 within driving distance of service area
  • Median home value $628,400 in Lower Merion Township (Up 4% since 2016)
  • Attractive residential and commercial rates

Ardmore Initiative is here to help potential and existing businesses thrive.

  • Finding a Space. Ardmore Initiative is the only town in Lower Merion Township with a dedicated Business Improvement District. We maintain an inventory of available spaces and will work with you, the broker community, and the Township Retail Recruiter to help you find the perfect Ardmore location.
  • Facade Improvement Grants. We offer 50/50 matching Facade Improvement Grants of up to $5,000 to help you update your storefront.
  • Business Assistance Grants. We offer Business Assistance Grants of up to $25,000 to assist with startup and expansion costs for retail businesses and restaurants.
  • Marketing Assistance. We use social media, our website,, and e-newsletter reaching 1,700+ subscribers to share your grand opening, promotions, and important news with the public. We also offer co-op marketing with local print media.
  • Personalized Assistance. Whether you’re a brand new or veteran business, we can connect you to the resources you need to start or maintain a successful business in Ardmore.
  • Advocacy. When you have a concern or issue, we are ready to help. We represent your interests to local, state, and national government, as well as to the surrounding residential community.
  • Community Engagement. We strengthen the Ardmore community by engaging residents, visitors, and stakeholders.
  • Event Production. We produce exciting events like Taste of Ardmore, Restaurant Week, Oktoberfest, and Family Fit Fest that bring new visitors to Ardmore.
  • Event Support. We provide planning and logistical support to your events to help bring new shoppers into your business.
  • Downtown Beautification. We provide streetscape amenities, such as planters, benches, and decorative lighting to improve the pedestrian experience.

Ready to open a business in Ardmore? Contact Ardmore Initiative, Downtown Ardmore’s official business district authority. View the Doing Business in Ardmore Brochure.