A FURNITURE store that began as a “pop-up shop” a year ago is now helping other businesses to dip their toes into the retail waters.
GirCo, in Edinburgh’s Stockbridge area, is a joint venture between interior designer Colin McShane and renovation specialist Richard Gargaro, who had worked together at property firm DJ Alexander.
They launched their shop in January and expect to have turned over around £150,000 in their first year of business.Pop-up shops give businesses the chance to test the retail market by opening a store for a set period of time. For some, it can lead on to launching a permanent shop.
Now McShane and Gargaro are giving over space in their shop window to promote other businesses – in effect offering “pop-up” space for shops.
The pair are also considering plans to become agents to match-up small businesses with potential pop-up sites.
McShane said: “We’re also on the look out for another pop-up site for ourselves, possibly in Morningside. Our shops has been attracting a mixture of local people from Stockbridge and visitors from other areas in Edinburgh like Comely Bank, Craigleith, Morningside and the New Town.”
GirCo provided furniture for the players’ lounge and players’ on-court seating at the Brodies Champions of Tennis event in Stockbridge in June and recently kitted out Lóuie Brown’s, a new bar, kitchen and delicatessen at Dalgety Bay in Fife.