Innovative use of disused kiosks

A CREATIVE arts group has renewed its appeal for ideas for Colchester’s first pop-up shops.

The Creative Co-op has secured two disused kiosks at the town’s bus station until the end of January.

The premises, formerly a newsagents and a left luggage store, are due to be demolished to make way for the Visual Arts Facility’s new building. Marc De’Ath, the co-operative’s founder, said he wanted residents to continue to submit ideas for how to use the space.

He added they could be used as pop-up shops or as entertainment venues from anywhere between a few days to several weeks.

“People complain there’s nothing to do in Colchester,” said Mr De’Ath. “This is an opportunity to do something and be part of something positive.”

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A short-list is set to be published shortly revealing ideas from the first round of applications, which opened in September.

But the group now wants more ideas to ensure there is a flow of ventures at the premises.

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Pop-up shops are temporary sales spaces, their short-term nature often used to create a buzz for a particular product.

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