One shopping street in Blackpool is determined to have a ball this panto season – with a pop-up shops scheme.
Shopkeepers in Bond Street, led by Susanne Johnson, have organised the pop-up event in empty stores every day for the next six weeks.
And Susanne says it is an ideal opportunity for would-be retailers, student entrepreneurs and members of the public who want to support their town to get involved.
She said: “I had seen the idea elsewhere and was talking to Mark Yates from Brookes Collectables at a craft fair at the Winter Gardens and we thought it would be great for Bond Street.
“I contacted Dotty Delightful who runs craft fairs and who is incredibly organised and she helped.
“It is a win-win situation. The crafts people can have somewhere to showcase their wares, the street gets to look a bit more Christmassy, shoppers get a greater range of choice in the area and the landlords can claim some business rates relief.
“If anyone has ever thought they might want to start a retail business, or if they trade online and want to met customers face to face, then it’s an ideal opportunity.
“I just want Blackpool to be more like the family resort it used to be when I was a child. If anyone looking for Christmas presents could come along and buy just one thing it would help us start to transform this area.”
Susanne said there were around 18 empty shops on Bond Street and they will be setting up stalls in three of them from tomorrow until December 24.
Each will have a series of stalls inside staffed by a variety of retailers.
Susanne, who runs Johnson’s Wool and Haberdashery shop in Bond Street, said: “In the North East the colleges get involved with all sorts of pop-up shop schemes and I would love to get the Blackpool colleges involved in this too.”
To get involved with a stall, contact Susanne via firstname.lastname@example.org or be calling 01253 404550.