The Original Factory Shop pop up

The Original Factory ShopThe Original Factory Shop has picked Hull as a perfect place to open its first pop up shop. The company which has more then 183 branches in the UK will open in the Princes Quay shopping centre.
Having invested £400,000 in the 16 week let, the shop will create a minimum of 15 jobs for local people. Marketing Director Colin Leggatt said: “Our usual model is to go into small towns but this gives us a new opportunity. This site is our first city centre shopping centre and it has by far the biggest footfall passing through the door.”
Chief Executive of The Original Factory Shop, Angela Spindler, said “This is a perfect opportunity to be in a high-footfall location and see just how big we can go and how successful we can be. If we achieve the sales we think we can, we may do it again – this is a nice way of growing the business.”
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Newcastle Borough Council supporting pop up shops

NewcastleNewcastle Borough Council is planning to offer low or zero rents in selected vacant units in the town centre to encourage pop up shops. Mo Chaudry – an entrepreneur from North Stafford is being brought in to mentor the scheme.
The 51 year old who owns Waterworld and M Club at Festival Park said: “I live in the borough of Newcastle and have a number of commercial properties in the area. I was approached by Carl Evans from Newcastle Chamber of Trade about doing something like this and I thought it was in my interest to support it. If someone has a business plan I would help to mentor that person and bring in my own contacts to support it. Similar to Dragons Den, if I like what I see I may invest in it. This fits in with my commercial interests and my own ethos to help rejuvenate Newcastle.”
The council is hoping to action the plan in time for Christmas in order to make Newcastle town centre a destination for Christmas shoppers.
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iPhone 5 pop up shop

iPhone 5Taking advantage of the release of the iphone 5, O2 has opened a pop up shop situated 52 metres above the ground on top of its self-named attraction in London. Buyers visiting the store are required to wear safety harnesses to climb the fabric walkway leading to the shop.

Nick Thomas, O2 spokesperson said “While we can’t offer such a scenic view at all our stores, we’re hopeful that our customers will find it a phone that’s most certainly worth the wait”

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Toys R Us pops up in Bayswater

Toys R UsToys R Us has opened its first pop up shop in a UK shopping centre. Whiteleys Shopping Centre in Bayswater will play host to the 10,000 sq ft pop up shop.

The move is a departure for the brand, which usually open large outlets in retail parks. Mike Coogan, Marketing and E-commerce Director, said “We are not abandoning retail parks, we are trying new areas and it just so happened we have this shopping centre site – this store is a test.”

The pop up shop is open now.

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Peregrine pop up

PeregrineThe English heritage brand Peregrine has recently popped up for two weeks at the Cube on 47 Lambs Conduit Street, Bloomsbury, London.

Designed to look like a 1924 fabric factory floor, the shop houses the knitwear brand’s autumn/winter collection alongside a selection of their accessories and footwear by Loake.

The company that was opened in 1796 by Thomas Glover continues to make each piece in England and the pop up shop is open until 22nd September – for more information see

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Retail vacancies on the rise

High StreetLatest figures from The Local Data Company show the average shop vacancy rate has risen a little in the year to June to 14.6% from 14.3%. London is the only place to see a decline in vacancy rates with Brighton and Hove also fairing better then the national average with a vacancy rates of just 6.9% in Brighton and 3.9% in Hove.

The worst performing region overall is the North West with an average of 20.1% vacancy rate and the worst performing city centre is Nottingham with a vacancy rate at 30%

Matthew Hopkinson, director at The Local Data Company, said, “This report clearly shows the key economic and structural issues which are impacting town centres up and down the country. These issues still have some way to go before we see wide stability and positive change.”

The findings have been challenged by a group of town centre managers as they believe the figures to be flawed, due to use of an out of date set of criteria for establishing the town centre boundaries.

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eBay online pop up shop!

eBayeBay has opened it’s first designer pop-up store. The store will showcase garments and accessories by Henry Holland during London Fashion Week.

As part of eBay’s partnership with the British Fashion Council which aims to support emerging design talent in the UK, the pop up shop will allow online shoppers to browse and purchase the collection from House of Holland.

Melanie Smallwood, head of eBay fashion brands, said: “Partnering with the British Fashion Council provides an opportunity to support exciting British fashion talent like Henry Holland and help them to develop the long-term success of their businesses.” Holland added: “This is the first season that eBay are supporting the BFC’s Fashion Forward initiative and I’m really excited to be the first designer to open a pop-up shop on eBay.”

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Brazil Rising

Brazil RisingTo coincide with the opening of London Fashion Week, Brazil Rising is a collaboration of Brazillian Brands which is the brain child of Sao Paulo based fashion entrepreneur Alice Ferraz.   The shop features many of the brands shown at the Sao Paulo Fashion Week back in June including Patricia Viera and Vanessa Montoro.

“Brazilian fashion has grown to be a real world class player, producing home-grown brands and designer pieces that add value internationally,” said Ferraz. “The fashion industry in Brazil is a solid multi-billion dollar industry, strong enough to cater to over 200 million fashion-conscious Brazilians, and with the pop-up at The Shop at Bluebird, we are unveiling Brazil’s best kept secrets and finally making these designers available in London.”

Brazil Rising is at 350 Kings Road, Chelsea SW3 5UU

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Outline Editions pop up shop

Outline EditionsAs part of the London Design Festival graphic art outfit Outline Editions are popping up with a sale of their wares at Design Junction.

Spanning three floors of the Sorting Office (a former Post Office Building on New Oxford Street, London) Design Junction will host the pop up with their crisp and cool graphic prints including works by Noma Bar.

The pop up shop is open from 20th – 23rd September, for further information see

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Velobici pop up shopVelobici, the performance road clothing company are opening a pop up shop in Richmond High Street. The brainchild of Chris Puttnam and Tara Love, the brand is made entirely in Leicestershire with the emphasis squarely on quality and materials.

The shop will stock both the clothing range and a range of Colnago bikes and will be open until 16th September.

With special offers available in store, pop in to 2 Kew Road, London TW9 2NQ

For more details see

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