Cardiff’s empty shop experiment

Cardiff empty shop experimentA team from Glamorgan University has taken over a vacant shop in Queen Street in the heart of Cardiff’s city centre for a “Great Big Empty Shop Experiment”.

The store will be home to a range of design, photography and fashion events for two weeks from Monday 11th July.  The experiment aims to test the market for the creation of a community hub on one of the city’s busiest retail streets, providing an alternative to traditional shopping centres.

Dr Gill Allard, Head of The Centre for Policy and Enterprise in Creative Industries, said:

“If you take a walk around Cardiff city centre and stray beyond the immediate environs of the impressive new St. David’s shopping precinct with its wealth of well-known retail brands, two things become apparent.  First, there are an increasing number of empty shops around the city; and second, there are signs of a healthy independent retail and small enterprise sector, based particularly in the city’s beautiful Victorian arcades. We hope that our research will uncover new ways in which these unused spaces can be used to encourage the growth of small creative enterprises”.

A full list of events at the innovative shop is available on the Glamorgan University website.


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