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Downtown Akron Partnership seeks ‘pop-up’ retailers to fill vacant storefronts

popups26cutBy Katie Byard
Beacon Journal business writer

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

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Hoodstarter crowdsources solutions for vacant storefronts

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

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On Empty Commission Seats and Empty Condos

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February 13, 2015 9:00 am

by George Chidi ·

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

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Private apartments could fill empty retail slots at Image

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.

Image development, Hemel Hempstead

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Empty Port Adelaide shops given new life through Renew Adelaide scheme

Herald Sun
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…

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Urban Repurposing: Pop Ups Revitalize Vacant Spaces

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By Rebecca Withers

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle… Repurpose.

This last term, repurpose, has become the loud, new battle cry of the sustainable business movement. “Repurposing” or breathing new life into underutilized spaces, is now driving the evolution of urban retail.
Read more at http://livinggreenmag.com/2013/06/06/green-business/urban-repurposing-pop-ups-revitalize-vacant-spaces/#iCwrmt7tiuRCk50k.99

By Rebecca Withers

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle… Repurpose.

This last term, repurpose, has become the loud, new battle cry of the sustainable business movement. “Repurposing” or breathing new life into underutilized spaces, is now driving the evolution of urban retail.

As main streets continue to languish under a tight global economy, once vibrant downtown shops in cities across the globe remain shuttered. From New Orleans to Berlin, block after city block of usable commercial space sits vacant. Even thriving metropolitan centers like London, San Francisco and New York City have seen urban vacancies rise in recent years.
Read more at http://livinggreenmag.com/2013/06/06/green-business/urban-repurposing-pop-ups-revitalize-vacant-spaces/#wPm4QfJUzX54B26L.99

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Sears’ Data Center Strategy: A Model For Unused Properties?

NetworkComputing.com
Sears hopes to fill its empty stores with servers. Will the troubled retailer forge a new path for companies But now Sears has cooked up a plan to make use of all that empty retail space: turn it into data centers. If it works, it might well point

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Office renovations are common in a down economy

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Renovations have been especially prevalent in Las Vegas‘ business community as companies recover from the recession and try to adjust to smaller staffs and new ways of doing business. A glut of available commercial real estate means good deals can be read more    

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Burgers, chocolate, boxes fill retail space

Orlando Sentinel
About 6.9 percent of the metro area’s retail was vacant in the April-through-June period, compared with 8.1 percent overall for the state’s top six metropolitan areas. Jacksonville had the highest vacancy rate, 11 percent; Miami had the lowest, 5.3 read more  

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Big-box retail space: Doctor is in; retail is out

Minneapolis Star Tribune
The recession left a glut of empty big-box retail space, and medical clinics are moving in. hide The interior is filled with nature photographs and outdoor scenes taken at nearby Como Park, Cathedral Hill and other St. Paul neighborhoods. The walls read more    

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