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Winnie’s joy means council needs another pop-up shop

Winnie Poaty with the keys to her new shop
Winnie Poaty with the keys to her new shop

[W]innie Poaty’s dream of running her own shop has finally come true.

But it means South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) no longer has a Pop-Up Shop to offer to other budding entrepreneurs.

The council’s Pop-Up Shop in Kendal town centre is a remarkable success story. Over the past two years 48 tenants have been offered a short, affordable, low-risk lease to get a taste of high street trading.

Many enjoyed it so much they have gone on to open their own shops and businesses.

Flashback to 2015 when Winnie first tried the Pop-Up Shop
Flashback to 2015 when Winnie first tried the Pop-Up Shop

Winnie first tried the Pop-Up Shop on Finkle Street in 2015, then twice more before asking SLDC if she could have a longer lease.

“I knew the shop was perfect for me. I was learning so much, gaining in confidence and my business, which had only been online before, was doing so well. Each time my short term lease ended I felt sad, so I’m delighted I’m staying here this time,” she said.

Impressed by her determination and success, SLDC has offered Winnie a three year lease for her women’s fashionwear business.

A council spokesperson said: “Our pioneering Pop-Up Shop has allowed tenants to try out trading on the high street for the first time. Participating retailers have been able to road test their retail concept and gain valuable experience dealing with customers.

“To be able to continue offering this opportunity we now need another small shop. We want to hear from any landlords with an empty unit who are willing to get involved in this project and generate rental income from their otherwise unoccupied commercial property.”

The Pop-Up Shop initiative is run by Invest in South Lakeland, the council’s economic growth programme which is aimed at attracting new investment, encouraging business expansion and promoting the area as a quality location for business. One of its key aims is to enhance the district’s retail offer and reduce the number of empty shops.

Landlords who have a small shop for rent should contact the Invest in South Lakeland team on 01539 793280 or email: [email protected]

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