Is the Pop Up shop going to become a long-term feature on the streets of every rural town in Ireland? Minister Hogan today helped launch the Carlow Pop Scheme for Carlow Town. Pop-ups, or flash retailing, as they are known, are temporary retail outlets that allow retailers to sell their items in a prime retail space at much lower costs and with significantly reduced terms.
The Carlow scheme was designed by Carlow County Enterprise Board & Carlow Town Council and âallows potential shop keepers to test an idea in a suitable vacant premises in Carlow Town in a formalized support environment explainedâ said Tom Barry , Chairperson of Carlow County Enterprise Board & County Manger of Carlow Local Authorities. At the launch Barry commented that âwe have married together the supports provided by the Enterprise Board and the Business Support Unit to provide a one stop solution for potential retailers dealing with issues such as rates, planning, business advice and financeâ
The scheme was designed after a number of successful pilots and a public consultation and has been endorsed by Carlow Chamber of Commerce.
Speaking about the programme Minister Hogan said âVacant properties are an issue in many rural towns in Ireland and schemes like this give an opportunity to suitable individuals to establish a retail enterprise in our streets, This is not only good news for small businesses wanting to get a foothold on the market and begin selling their products to their target customers but it is also vital in helping keep the high streets from becoming ghost townâ.
Carlow has recently been selected as a pilot town for the Retail Excellence Ireland Town Programme. Speaking about the programme, Eileen Brophy, Cathaoirleach of Carlow Town Council said âMaintaining the streets of Carlow as a destination of choice for the shopper is key to keeping our towns and cities alive. Pop-up shops offer a sense of variety and give a different type of dynamic. Shoppers are treated to new retailers offering unique goods that would normally bypass high street retail.