Pop-Up Stores Sought for Downtown Duluth

The Greater Downtown Council is again seeking proposals for pop-up shops to fill vacant storefronts in Duluth. The Greater Downtown Council is again seeking proposals for pop-up shops to fill vacant storefronts in Duluth. |  Photo: WDIO-TV file

October 12, 2017 05:54 PM

Got an idea for a small retail shop? The Greater Downtown Council is again offering rent-free pop-up shops during the Christmas shopping season.

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Now in its fifth year, the aim of Pop-Up Downtown is to fill vacant storefronts during the busy time of year. Businesses will have to be open by "Small Business Saturday" on Nov. 25 and can stay open for two to three months.

"This program has been successful in helping several businesses become long-term tenants in the downtown," said Kristi Stokes, president of the Greater Downtown Council, in a news release. "It’s a great partnership with property owners who wish to activate some vacant space while giving an entrepreneur a chance to test the market."

Currently, there are four open spaces ranging from 164 to 2,000 square feet, but availability may change and more spaces may be added to the list. The current spaces are at 408 West Superior Street, 207 West Superior Street (Holiday Center), 106 East Superior Street, and 122 West First Street (Suite 120A).

Individuals who are interested should contact the Greater Downtown Council by calling 218-727-8549 or emailing Kristi Stokes at Applicants should write a very brief letter or email of interest to explain their interest in the project, relevant experience, and ability to open the store by Nov. 25.

More information is available at


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