By Katie Byard
Beacon Journal business writer
Published: February 25, 2015 – 11:12 AM | Updated: February 26, 2015 – 04:29 PM
Downtown Akron has its share of vacant storefronts, and a new effort aims to fill some of them with temporary “pop-up” shops.
The nonprofit Downtown Akron Partnership is launching its “pop-up retail” program, seeking business owners and entrepreneurs who will be matched with downtown property owners who have empty first-floor storefront space.
Leases will run for six months.
The hope is that participating tenants will see downtown as a viable business location and make it their permanent home, injecting vibrancy into the area, said Kimberly Beckett, director of business relations for Downtown Akron Partnership.
Long-vacant spaces often get overlooked, she said. Read More
Kickstarter connects you with people willing to fund the innovative idea you’re working on in your garage. Why can’t you get funding for the innovative idea you have for the vacant storefront down the block?
Hoodstarter may have an answer. Co-founders Justin Ley and David Berglund, who work together at UnitedHealth, recently finalized and launched a first-of-its-kind crowdsourcing/funding platform that allows users to post vacant properties, post and vote on ideas for new onsite businesses or public uses, and fund entrepreneurs willing and able to turn those ideas into tangible businesses. Read more
These buildings fill me with existential dread. They are Lovecraftian horror in tasteful glass and stone, vile and perilous Things worthy of a John Carpenter soundtrack, an attack on the essential core of my reason.
This is Panola Slope.
The development on Covington Highway is tasteful and well-maintained, modeled on the live-work-play concepts put to such extraordinary use in places like Suwanee Town Center and Atlantic Station. The first floor contains 12,000 feet of retail space, with 23 luxury townhomes built on the second and third stories. They have brick facing exteriors with parking garages tucked carefully in the back. Read More
A line of four retail units at Hemel Hempstead’s modern Image development could be turned into private housing under plans submitted to Dacorum Borough Council.
The sites on the ground floor of the Image site – alongside the KD Tower block on the Leighton Buzzard Road – were intended to be used for shops but have never been in occupation since the complex was completed in 2010. Read More.
By Bloomberg News
Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, 10:57 p.m.
With video stores and retailers closing their doors, retail real estate has had a tough half-decade. The cure? Urgent care clinics.
The clinics, storefronts staffed with doctors to treat common ailments or minor injuries, are filling vacancies left by struggling retailers like RadioShack Corp. and Best Buy Co. as they close locations.
Renew Adelaide is looking for creative businesses to fill three vacant … need to submit their business ideas to secure the short-terma property, …read more…
San Francisco Examiner
… best to balance formula retail with locally owned businesses while trying to fill empty … which is against Chipotle occupying the Market Street space…read more
Las Vegas Review-Journal
By LAURA CARROLL This year is shaping up to be busy for local retail professionals, as malls fill in empty spaces vacated by stores that didn’t survive the …
“Often a property owner can have the need to fill an empty storefront with whichever business comes along first or is offering the most rent.