‘Faneuil Hall is a mess’: As holidays approach, stores struggle with vacancies, fight with landlord

Merchants association goes to court to seek $2.5M from landlord to help depleted marketing fund.

An empty stall in Quincy Market at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Erin Clark / The Boston Globe

After owning Boston Pewter Co. for three decades, Jeff Allen closed up his gift shop for good a few weeks ago and handed his keys back to the landlord. Two years of anemic sales were enough.

“I didn’t see anything that was going to happen for a turnaround,” Allen said.

Add one more vacancy to the board at Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

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