shops on Mid Street Keith

New pop-up shops for Moray

Moray’s entrepreneurs and small businesses are being invited to take part in a new pop-up shop scheme, which will run until January 2023.

Shops will be available in Forres, Keith, Elgin, Buckie, Lossiemouth, Dufftown and Aberlour, subject to suitable premises being available.

Start-up businesses are being offered the chance to use currently empty shops for up to four weeks at no cost, other than utilities.

The scheme is part of Moray’s wider Economic Recovery Plan and has been developed in response to an increase in vacant retail units within town centres and the number new start-up businesses in the area.

The initiative follows the previously successful pop-up scheme in Keith, which saw the town’s Mid Street Conservation Area move from the highest shop vacancy rate in Moray to the lowest.

The scheme will allow current or would-be business owners the opportunity to trial their merchandise, get a new business off the ground, or target a different audience to see if it’s viable for them to have a full-time presence within a town.  

Chair of Moray Council’s Economic Development and Infrastructure Services Committee, Cllr Graham Leadbitter, said: "Pop-up shops provide an ideal platform for businesses to try out a physical high street presence and raise the profile of their business before committing to anything long-term.

“The scheme is equally beneficial for property owners as it brings their empty properties back into use and may lead to a longer term lease/sale - a win-win situation for all involved.

“As our town centres continue to face challenging times, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and changing shopping habits, it’s important to help small or independent businesses develop and thrive. I look forward to seeing more of our local businesses overcome some of the issues facing them while bringing more shoppers into town centres.”

For more information, guidance and an Expression of Interest form email Property owner who would like to participate should also use that contact.

Contact Information

Moray Council Press Office