In an effort to jumpstart retail in Downtown Buffalo, the Buffalo Urban Development Corporation (BUDC) has come up with a plan to partner with a local developer to create a holiday pop-up market for the holidays. By coordinating efforts with Buffalo Place and Working for Downtown, the plan would entail utilizing the Market Arcade as a staging site for the temporary gift shops. Sinatra & Company has offered space within the Market Arcade for free in order to make the effort a reality.
“The new initiative aligns with the City’s goal to encourage and support additional retail along Main Street in downtown’s central business district,” said BUDC Chairman, Mayor Byron Brown. “We are strengthening downtown retail through this new initiative and our recent investment in the Cars Sharing Main Street project. These projects, along with major investment occurring in the downtown area are making downtown an extremely attractive place for retail.”
At this time, proposals to participate in the pop-up shop plan are being sought. An RFP (Request for Proposals) has been issued, and applications can be acquired at BUDC offices located at 95 Perry Street, Suite 404. Interested parties can also contact Brandye Merriweather (BUDC Downtown Development Coordinator) at 716-362-8373. All proposals must be submitted by Wednesday, October 8, 2014 (4pm).
Queen City Pop-Up: Holiday Edition will run from November 3 through Christmas. The Market Arcade is located at 617 Main Street.