Selkirk’s £22,000 award to set up pop up shops

Selkirk-Chamber-of-Commerce-logo-260-x-230The Royal Burgh of Selkirk’s Chamber of Trade has been awarded £22,000 to set up pop up shops in the area, to help reverse its 30% drop in pedestrian footfall.

 Provided by LEADER (Links Between Activities Developing the Rural Economy) and common good fund sources, £7,200 will fund a part-time Project Manager for 60 days work to see the pop up shop initiative through. The rest of the funds will be used to help owners renovate empty shops and buildings in the town centre.

“More than 16 per cent of retail units in the town are left vacant,” explained Chamber Chairman Will Haegeland, co-owner of the town’s County Hotel. “A town centre showing boarded-up and closed-down retail units suggests dilapidation and depression. If Selkirk as a town is to survive, this trend has to be arrested and reversed.”

Within the project period, which ends on 31st December 2013, the Chamber aims to find uses for at least five underused shops, create three new start-up businesses and seven short-term lets.

Anyone who would like to rent empty premises for a pop up shop should contact Will at Selkirk’s County Hotel on 01750 21233.


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