Holiday pop-up shops will return to downtown Duluth for 3rd year


Pop-up stores will return to downtown Duluth for the holidays.

The Greater Downtown Council's program is back for a third year in its effort to fill vacant storefronts during the busy shopping season, according to a news release.

The council debuted the pop-up program in 2013 when there were 13 vacant shops lining Superior Street. After what was deemed a successful stint, the program returned last year with four shops, the Duluth News Tribune says.

"This is just one of those times when we have a few additional spaces to offer entrepreneurs in the hopes of getting tenants," Kristi Stokes, council president, told the Duluth News Tribune.

This year, seven storefronts are being offered rent-free for two or three months, plus utilities, with interested businesses required to open in the space for Small Business Saturday on Nov. 28 and remain open until at least Jan. 9, 2016, the release says.

This program gives retailers the chance to test the market in the downtown area. The Greater Downtown Council hopes the pop-up shops will have enough holiday success that they’ll open up a store downtown year-round.

Interested businesses are asked to submit a brief letter of interest that explains their relevant experience and ability to complete the project for the Nov. 28 start date. For more information, contact the Greater Downtown Council at 218-727-8549 or email Stokes at kstokes@downtownduluth.com.

A panel of judges will select the businesses to fill the storefronts later this month, the Duluth News Tribune notes. Past stores have included the University of Minnesota Duluth, Touched by Africa Imports, and Frost River Trading Co., among others, Minnesota Business reported.

Additional details are available here.

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