POPPING UP: Luis Arroyo has big plans to get entrepreneurs from Gladstone the chance to run their own business. Photo Paul Braven / The Observer
POPPING UP: Luis Arroyo has big plans to get entrepreneurs from Gladstone the chance to run their own business. Photo Paul Braven / The Observer Paul Braven

Why pop-up shops in CBD will be a hit

AROUND the world pop-up shops have brought life, a certain type of spunk and creativity to rundown parts of towns and cities.

Their success has been hailed in famous cities like London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and even Brisbane, according to our council's strategic community inclusion officer Luis Arroyo.

Mr Arroyo has been working for two years to bring pop-up shops to Gladstone and in a recent development he has secured time, space and money to trial a pilot program.

The program is designed to encourage innovation and entrepreneurs to come to Gladstone to try their luck and learn new skills and hopefully bring an injection of adrenalin to Goondoon St and the CBD in general.

"Initially what we would like to do is re-establish the concept of connect, innovate and create to support micro businesses within Gladstone," Mr Arroyo said.

"We're aiming to build on the strengths of each community member because every member has something to offer."

He said his program would offer help to entrepreneurs looking to get their start.

Expressions of interest are now being sought for the pilot program which will be made up of five participants per exhibition.

The Pop-up Enterprises will operate from 3pm to 8pm on May 12-14, May 26-28 and June 9-11.

"We have to start somewhere and while everyone is talking about doom and gloom, we want to provide windows of opportunity," Mr Arroyo said.

"There are pockets of entrepreneurs in Gladstone but nothing will happen if we don't nurture it."

Though the program is only in its infancy, Mr Arroyo hopes to narrow down what pop-up shop concepts will work best in Gladstone.



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