Pop-Up News Digest

July 2, 2020

Ian Cook, Managing Editor

Some great articles in the newsletter this week. It is encouraging to see how many writers are recognizing the role pop-up can play in retail and restaurants moving forward. This week we included a lot more articles about one-off pop-up announcements, only because some were either big names or interesting situations. Enjoy the newsletter and have a great rest of the week!

Issue #10

Pop-Up Retail was Made for the Pandemic

If a business opened its doors just before the coronavirus-related lockdowns swept across the globe, you might consider that bad timing. But for a pair of shop owners who opted to launch their store as a pop-up late last year, the pandemic has hardly been a setback.


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Rethinking Leases: The Pandemic Is Changing How Retailers Want To Pay Rent

With restrictions now lifting in many states, retailers are asking for lease modifications, including percentage leases that consist of a base rent along with a percentage of monthly sales. There’s also been a spike in interest in pop-up shops from brands that previously hadn’t considered the short-term format.


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One Of The World’s Biggest Retail Owners On How It Decides Which Tenants Get Rent Forgiveness

One Of The World’s Biggest Retail Owners On How It Decides Which Tenants Get Rent Forgiveness


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OnTrend Concepts Talks Pop-Up on LIVE with Ghalia

Last week OnTrend Concepts' Pete Cook was interviewed by pop-up expert and social media personality Ghalia Boustani. Watch the recording here.


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Why Pop-Ups are so Prominent in Retail

Pop-ups are nothing new to retail. From shopping centres, airports to festivals, the concept has grown to become a billion-pound industry evident in almost every sector - at least before the coronavirus pandemic. Retail Gazette looks at how important pop-ups are to the retail industry, and what its future beholds.


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Lovesac Earns ‘Fastest-Growing’ Title for 2019, Using Pop-Up Shops as Part of Strategy

With its online sales up to 24% of total sales in 2019, the retailer also sells through its showrooms located in top-tier malls in 35 states, in lifestyle centers and in standalone locations. It also has hosted more than 553 10-day pop-up shops at various Costco locations and opened “shop-in-shops” at four Macy’s and three Best Buy stores.


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Introducing a Pop-Up Toolkit for Retail Recovery

Pop-ups may seem minor, but they offer a solution to some of the pressing challenges facing landlords, tenants, and the ground-floor spaces of cities — particularly amid Covid-19.


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Wegman's to Close their Restaurant-in-Store Pubs, Change Focus to Quick Service Restaurant-in-Store Concepts

Wegmans is permanently closing The Pub, its in-store bar/restaurant concept that appeared in 12 stores across New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Other Wegmans restaurant concepts are offering limited service or slated to reopen soon. The Burger Bar locations are offering delivery and curbside service, while Next Door, Wegmans’ sushi and comfort food concept, is offering pickup service as well as limited indoor and outdoor seating.


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Lululemon to Acquire Start-Up for $500 million

The fitness apparel retailer has agreed to acquire an-home fitness start-up Mirror for $500 million.


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Shopping Centre Firm to Bring New Pop-Up Retailers into Empty Stores

THE chief executive of SpaceandPeople said the shopping centre marketing specialist is bracing itself for a “substantive downturn in sales for the duration of the pandemic”. It said it plans to push pop-up retailers into empty stores in shopping centres to boost the sale of existing stock under a new plan by the company.


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Pop-Up Retailers to Sell Unsold Lockdown Stock from Empty Shopping Centre Units

Glasgow-based SpaceandPeople in talks with 50 firms to fill malls ahead of post-Covid retail carnage


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Should Retailers Facing Bankruptcy Consider POP-UP Stores in Their Recovery Strategy?

Retail Bankruptcy is also extremely costly to the brand name, recognition and promise. Especially if there is an online component that is still has life. Consumers will wonder should they order, and if they do, will it arrive and be the right item? And what if they need to make a return? So the question is, Should Retailers Facing Bankruptcy Consider POP-UP Stores in Their Recovery Strategy?


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Restaurant Chains Jump on Ghost Kitchen Trend to Boost Sales during COVID-19

When the COVID-19 outbreak forced many restaurants to shutter dining rooms across Canada, Vancouver-based Joey Restaurants responded by opening two "ghost kitchens" — a new model being adopted for delivery- and pick-up-only spaces.


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Create Experiential Shopping Environments

As retailers reopen, following the coronavirus pandemic lockdowns, there’s stiff competition for the decreased amount of spending taking place.


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the Future of Retail festival by PSFK + Retail Innovation Week

This three day festival is full of ideas and insight that help the retail community get back to work in a more inclusive way. Topics of talks include Direct to Consumer, eCommerce and Store Experience Design.


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DTC Brands Are Redefining the Role of the Physical Store

Today’s announcement by Microsoft that it’s permanently closing all of its retail locations and will be developing four “Experience Centers” was a perfect preview of our Retail Influencer Network virtual discussion, which covered how DTC brands are redefining the role of the physical store for good.


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Retail: How Will Consumers Respond as Lockdowns Ease?

Huge uncertainty faces retailers and F&B outlets as they reopen. How will consumers respond and will their behaviour change for ever?


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Podcast Show Notes: Emily Schildt of Pop Up Grocer

Emily Schildt’s appetite for life has created the foundation for a life well-lived—and well-traveled. Emily is the founder of Pop Up Grocer, a traveling grocery store that showcases hundreds of products from over 150 innovative food, beverage, home, pet, and body care brands.


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Balmain Expands Canadian Presence with Multiple Shop-in-Store Boutiques

French luxury brand Balmain is expanding its presence in Canada by opening partner boutiques housing the brand’s ready-to-wear fashions for both men and women. The shops are part of a partnership with Holt Renfrew, which is rolling out the new Balmain spaces that feature the latest design, including ample use of glass and millwork with a ‘Parisian’ inspired design.


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In UK, Next Pilots Tesco Shop-in-Shop Launch

Next has joined forces with Tesco on a one-off shop-in-shop debut at the supermarket’s Surrey Quays Extra store.


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Portsmouth, VA Community Promotes Unity through Pop-Up Shop Event

Hampton Roads African American Business owners organized the event to promote equality, with about 50 businesses participating.


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Pop-Up Street Food Market to Open in Reading's Broad Street Mall

A new pop up street food market is set to spruce up a run down part of Reading town centre.


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Brewery Owner Pinning Hopes on Pop-Up Park Pubs

Owner of Flora Hall Brewing, has asked the City of Ottawa to consider allowing breweries, restaurants and pubs that don't have patio space to operate "pop-up" establishments in city parks. "Imagine an outdoor permanent food hall where there are five or six of us, and we pop up in a park somewhere and people can purchase food and drink and go enjoy it on a blanket or a bench."


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Truck-Sized Drive-Thru Pops Up in Edmonton

A one-of-a-kind coffee shop popped up at Edmonton’s Rosenau Transport today. The Truck-Thru by Fountain Tire is a drive-thru that tractor-trailers can actually drive through.


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Polestar to Open their First Pop-Up Store in Manhattan

It's not a secret anymore...they'll be opening their first Pop Up Store at the heart of the Big Apple! You can visit starting July 22.


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Jamaica Mi Hungry Pop-Up Opens in Allston, MA

Just months after opening his first restaurant in Jamaica Plain, Chef Ernie Campbell has expanded his famous Jamaica Mi Hungry restaurant to Allston.


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Pop-Up Burger Joint Smokin Griddle is Opening a Restaurant in Swansea

The menu will be three times bigger and will even feature desserts and milkshakes


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Paul Stuart to Open First Pop-up in the Hamptons

The retailer will also open a temporary Custom Lab shop in SoHo in September.


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Chanel Pop-Up Store by Peter Marino

Chanel operates shop-in-shops at five Holt Renfrew department stores across Canada.


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Pop-Up Restaurant Brings a Taste of Sicily to Montana Each Summer

Sicilian recipes, handed down from generations, are no secret, said executive chef Philip Guardione, who operates six Italian-focused restaurants across the world, including one in Red Lodge that is open seasonally.


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Run and Eat: Sample Asian Street Food at Brunswick Pop-Up

Zao Ze Café has temporarily taken over the kitchen at Tao Yuan.


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Retail & Food Services Takes novel Approach to Lockdown with Pop-Up Store in Swedish Mall

Nordic travel retail distributor Retail & Food Services took a novel approach to countering the impact of COVID-19-related lockdown: it built a pop-up shop in a downtown mall that aimed to mirror the airport shopping experience.


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Liars Bench, Stoneface Team Up to Operate Beer Garden at Parking Garage Pop-Up

Liars Bench Beer Co. and Stoneface Brewing have stepped forward to operate the beer garden proposed for the Foundry Place Garage pop-up rooftop venture.


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Sino's Olympian City & pop-up experience platform PopSquare launch "POP Gallery"

Sino Group is pioneering an integrated online x offline retail concept through the "POP Gallery" at Olympian City.


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Japanese Brand Muji Announces Pop-up Store in Saigon

Following in the footsteps of fast-fashion clothing brand Uniqlo, MUJI will be the next major Japanese retailer to launch in Saigon in the near future.


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In India, Wow! Momo Ties Up with Café Coffee Day for Shop-in-Shop Outlets

The collaboration will see Wow! Momo outlets come up inside select Café Coffee Day outlets in a shop-in-shop format. The partnership works on a revenue-sharing model and will be piloted across 30-odd outlets in Bengaluru, Kolkata, and Mumbai. Depending on the success of these pilots, a decision on ramping up will be taken.


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