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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