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Pop-up market brings traders to Dumbarton Road

Former Woolworths and Poundland store welcomes back shoppers

Independent traders are breathing new life into an empty shop premises in Partick.

A pop-up market has started at the former Poundland and Woolworths store at 412 Dumbarton Road.

The first event was last month and two more weekend takeovers are planned for March.

Jordan Trainer who runs an independent house plant business next door, Green Living Glasgow, came up with the idea.

He said he wanted to make use of a prominent empty unit while giving much-needed space to small independents.

He said the reaction of businesses and local people had been fantastic.

'Different'

“We have over 30 different local artisan-based businesses coming.

“Most are based in Glasgow and they're all different.

independent traders come from across Glasgow
independent traders come from across Glasgow

“The idea was to give a leg up to small independents and to get these traders back onto the High Street.

“It’s all about getting people supporting local businesses.”

Many businesses are from the Glasgow area, but a number are from other parts of Scotland.

Crafts, gifts, food and drink, fashion, art, jewellery, pet supplies are represented among the stalls.

Discount chain Poundland moved out of the building earlier this year when its lease expired.

 

The idea was to give a leg up to small independents and to get these traders back onto the High Street. It’s all about getting people supporting local businesses.

Jordan Trainer

 

Jordan said: “We have leased the building on a monthly basis and the idea is to host the markets on selected weekends.

“It’s important not to overdo things and make sure that what we are offering is fresh and engages people.

“We're just seeing how things go, and hopefully if it gets a good response we can keep promoting it.

“It might be that we think about markets in different areas, but for now Partick is a good start.

“Our next events are on Friday, Saturday, Sunday March 18-20 and March 25-27.

Crafts, food, fashion, art and jewellery all feature.
Crafts, food, fashion, art and jewellery all feature.

“All the businesses are either online or they sell at local markets as well.

“Some of them are local to Partick, and then some of them are from further afield, and places up north.”

Jordan said the search is on for a permanent base, with more than one market an option.

'Permanent'

“We are looking for somewhere permanent, which would be great to have.

“With shops closing down, we need to see local businesses on the High Street again.

“And I think small businesses being here will help other shops in the area.

Jordan Trainer wants to give space to independent traders
Jordan Trainer wants to give space to independent traders

“We are seeing what areas work best for us, but Partick is definitely an area where we want to stay.

“We are getting a lot of positive feedback from people in the local community.

“People living in the area are definitely liking the idea of a pop-up market and they are happy to see an empty premises being used.”

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