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Apply Now for Pop-Up Shop Space

Budding entrepreneurs and local artists can apply now for an exciting opportunity to occupy a retail unit in the heart of Walthamstow rent and rate free.


Applicants can request the unit on Hoe Street, at the heart of the town centre, for a period of up to six weeks, starting from mid-May, to create an ongoing series of ‘pop-up’ uses.


Cllr Clare Coghill, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth & High Streets said: “Our pop-up shops schemes have proven to be incredibly popular in the past, so I’m very pleased that we are able to offer this new opportunity to local entrepreneurs, businesses and artists. We know it can be difficult for new businesses to find space to develop their offering and reach new customers, so being able to utilise this unit rent and rate free will hopefully be a huge help.


“We also want to create thriving high streets with a range of shops and facilities that our residents want, so we will be looking for projects that bring something new, interesting and unique to the area.”


All You Read is Love is an independent bookshop, café and bar in Leytonstone. Before moving to their current premises owners Karen Bundgaard and Anders Bungaard had a pop-up shop on Hoe Street in 2014.


Karen said: “We had a pop-up shop on Hoe Street in 2014, which gave us the chance to try out our idea, get a feel for what running a business would be like, and figure out whether our concept was worth investing the time and energy in. We had a great time there and learned lots, so it’s great to see this new opportunity being offered to local businesses again."


The Council’s Business Growth and Investment team is looking for a range of proposals for the pop-up space, but food and beverage initiatives will not be accepted on this occasion. The deadline for proposals is Saturday 22 April. For more information and to apply please email business.support@walthamforest.gov.uk.


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