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Great success for Guild’s pop-up shop in town centre

Every day, between 500 to 1000 people visited the pop-up shop created by The Guild Dumfries in the Loreburne Centre.

The shop was in place over a two-week period, with many of the makers having to restock time and again due to the huge demand for their products.

In only 14 days, over £15,000 of sales was made, which went directly to the makers, creatives and producers that took part.

The Guild Pop-Up shop provided an opportunity to engage with the public and measure interest in ambitious plans to create a permanent community space in the heart of Dumfries.

A similar retail space offering affordable concessions providing a town centre presence with minimal overheads will form just one part of The Guild’s permanent home.

In addition, it will also provide makers studios, rentable space for start-up businesses, employment, volunteering, training opportunities and a community kitchen including a ‘community fridge.’

This pilot project provided invaluable data to prove that the proposed plans were both viable, sustainable and had the support of the community.

The response was overwhelmingly positive, with thousands of people taking part in an interactive questionnaire and giving wholehearted support for the vision and love for the entire Pop Up Shop experience.

It also gave The Guild the opportunity to demonstrate to its community of creatives the benefit of being involved in such a community space, with most of those who took part wanting to be involved in the permanent space in the future.

To find out more about The Guild click here: www.theguilddumfries.org/