Pop-Up News Digest

June 11, 2020

Ian Cook, Managing Editor

This week was a quiet week for pop-up’s, but a couple bigger stories have come up as we enter into the “post-pandemic” phase of retail. The deal between Simon and Taubman is beginning to see some complications; and GAP is needing to shut down some of its stores. On a more positive note, there are some great articles about the turn that retail is taking today, which give an interesting overview of how things may change over the next months. Overall, it will be interesting to see how retail evolves in the near-future. Please enjoy the rest of the week, and enjoy the newsletter.

Issue #7

Mall Owner Simon Terminates Its Deal To Buy Taubman Due to Pandemic

Simon said Wednesday morning it has exercised its contractual rights to terminate its deal to acquire the high-end mall owner.

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Gap Is Shutting Down Its Hill City Brand

It hasn't been a great year for Gap, which had seen falling sales at most of its brands even before the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Edmund Hillary Clothing Opens Flagship Store at Commercial Bay

Edmund Hillary Clothing will open its first flagship store today in Auckland’s newest retail, hospitality and commercial precinct - Commercial Bay.

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Kamers/Makers To Kick Off New Pop-Up Concept in Stellenbosch

The Kamers/Makers Space will pop up and showcase South Africa's best makers in any empty retail space - the first of which will be held in Plein Street, Stellenbosch on 22 June 2020.

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Retail Design: How to Approach a Shifting Consumer Mindset

MG2’s Melissa Gonzalez and MJ Munsell dwell on how design might come to retail’s rescue during these challenging times and specify the post-pandemic consumer types to consider.

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Please Don't Touch: The Future of Experiential Retail in the Era of Coronavirus

In the short term, brands have been moving online to engage consumers, but with stores reopening, retailers will have to shift away from or reimagine high-touch services.

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Looking at the Post-Pandemic In-Store Experience

Design and strategy experts agree in-store customer experiences won’t go away completely, but the type and amount offered is up for debate, especially for those retail brands known for remarkable customer service or time-saving conveniences.

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Gen Z Drives Brick-and-Mortar Stores to Mobile

As more of Gen Z enters the workforce, their buying power is only expected to grow exponentially. As such, companies without a mobile-first strategy in place to reach these shoppers will fall behind.

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City Paving Way for Food Trucks, Pop-Up Shops

Food trucks could soon pull up to some of the city's most popular parks and pop-up shops could appear on sidewalks as Ottawa looks for imaginative ways to help small businesses survive the pandemic.

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Distancing Grocery Pop-Ups

Traveling store concept Pop Up Grocer is now temporarily taking up residence in Austin, where it will offer a range of natural and artisanal food, beverage, home and body products throughout the month of June.

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French Riviera Pop-Up Restaurant Opens at Dubai's Jumeirah Al Qasr

Complementing the existing Italian cuisine at Rockfish and Greek food at Shimmers, a beachfront Mediterranean restaurant has opened at Dubai's Jumeirah Al Qasr.

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Alton YWCA To Host Pop Up Thrift Shop

A Pop-Up Thrift Shop is being organized at the YWCA of Alton to be held at the facility at the end of the month.

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The Next Draft: Cheers!

After more than 80 days of curbside and takeaway, breweries open for pints again.

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