Pop-up shops add vitality to cultural strip

Pop-up shops are temporary stores established in vacant retail spaces.

The outlets opened around Perth this year following changes to the Commercial Tenancy (Retail Shops) Agreements Act 1985 (WA).

The change came into effect in January, providing greater rights to tenants and landlords seeking pop-up leases for terms of up to six months without the need for State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) approval.

The Town of Victoria Park has a Pop-up Shop Activation Program and is working with a company called Find a Pop-up Shop to match retailers with leasing opportunities.

Victoria Park Deputy Mayor John Bissett said the program was a great way to support local landlords, real estate agents and retailers, and offer more retail choice to the community.

Find a Pop-up Shop founder Michelle Wearing-Smith said the trend was a shot in the arm for retail.

‘For the business owner it can be a way of putting their toe in the water to see if their retail concept will work before committing to a long lease,’ she said.

The Town installed two people counters on Albany Highway, attached to the awnings of businesses to measure the body heat of people walking under them.

The pedestrian-traffic figures and trends will be available to prospective and existing businesses for planning purposes. The Town will use the data to plan economic development strategies.