New retail concept continues to Pop-Up in Rotherham

Published Friday, 31st July 2015
Opening of new shop
Last year's opening of La Bella Lingerie pop up shop.

Retail opportunities are set to grow in Rotherham Town Centre, thanks to the addition of two new pop-up shops.

Located at the top of the historic High Street and in the Grade II listed Imperial Buildings, the two shops offer dedicated retail space for budding entrepreneurs considering starting a new retail venture, with flexible lease terms available for 12 months as well as free and subsidised rent periods. Financial assistance to fit-out the premises and FREE business advice and training from retail experts is also included.

The two new stores will be the latest in a long line of exciting new-start businesses in Rotherham Town Centre, supported by Rotherham Investment and Development Office (RiDO), the regeneration arm of Rotherham Council, as part of the ongoing activities to enhance the town centre offer.

Cllr Denise Lelliott, Rotherham Council's Advisory Cabinet Member for Housing and the Local Economy, described it as a fantastic opportunity to introduce two new retail spaces to the town centre.

She added: "Feedback from this year's Retailer Awards has highlighted that Rotherham's range of diverse and vibrant independent stores is proving to be a big hit with shoppers.

"The positive comments from shoppers have revealed that customers really do appreciate what's on offer in the small independent stores and eateries. One shopper stated that Rotherham is at the forefront of independent trading, making it stand out from other town centres. This is a great response and the availability of new pop-up shops can only build on this great foundation and boost the Rotherham shopping experience."

The owner of existing pop-up shop, Karen Carr of La Bella Lingerie, which opened on the High Street last November, said: "The Pop-up Shop concept has given me a fantastic opportunity to showcase my dream business.

"Right from the start of the process, Rotherham Council's Town Centre team recognised my enthusiasm for this project, helping me along the way with valuable support and advice.” 

The pop-up shop scheme in Rotherham is being funded jointly by the Association of British Bookmakers and the Portas Pilot Initiative, which recognises and rewards towns finding innovative ways to revitalise town centres.

To apply for one of the pop-up shop units or to find out more, contact the Town Centre Team. The deadline for applications is 5 pm on Friday, August 21.

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