Pop-up shops event planned

Published 10:26 pm Thursday, April 14, 2016

Suffolk’s Department of Economic Development will bring back its popular pop-up shops shopping weekend in May, adding a twist that’s sure to be attractive to businesses looking to break into the brick-and-mortar retail market on a small scale.

Through the department, Main Street in downtown Suffolk will offer indoor and outdoor spaces at no cost to entrepreneurs, independent retailers and specialty merchants for the “ReStored” pop-up shop initiative, according to a city press release.

The program, set to run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will give merchants a chance to test a new market, expand their geographic footprint, and reach new customers without the startup costs, according to the release. There are no fees or long-term contracts — just a one-day commitment.

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To help entice shoppers to the downtown area, there will also be live music, special food offerings and children’s activities.

“ReStored presents an opportunity to enhance downtown Suffolk’s unique commerce assets, while highlighting all the character and potential that our downtown has to offer,” Suffolk Director of Economic Development Kevin Hughes said.

Retailers and specialty vendors interested in participating in the ReStored Downtown Pop-Up Shop Initiative should contact Suffolk Economic Development Manager Deanna Holt at dholt@suffolkva.us or 514-4049.