Campaign launched to turn empty Jessops and HMV stores into pop-up shops for start-ups

PopUp Forum in talks with administrators of recently closed stores

Three UK business campaigns have clubbed together to urge administrators to allow them to turn empty Jessops and HMV stores into pop-up shops for small businesses. Pop-up shop finder service We Are Pop Up, the information service for unused shop space the Empty Shops Network, national enterprise campaign StartUp Britain, have teamed up to form a PopUp Forum. The three campaigns have approached the administrators of HMV and Jessops in a bid to take control of a number of the newly closed shops and provide start-ups and small businesses with temporary shop fronts. The PopUp forum is hoping to follow in the direction of StartUp Britain’s temporary shop scheme PopUp Britain, which has so far seen 60 businesses take up the space in five months in the flagship store in Richmond. London Stock Exchange-listed music and DVD retailer HMV, which announced its demise this week and has appointed Deloitte as its administrator, has more than 4,300 employees across 239 stores throughout the UK and Ireland. Camera and electronic equipment group Jessops, which went into administration last week when it appointed PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), has already closed its 187 stores with a loss of more than 1,300 jobs. HMV chief executive Trevor Moore yesterday remained confident the company would continue to trade and would find a “business solution” amid reported interest from potential buyers, which seems likely to mean any interest in creating pop-up shops will have to wait for the time being.

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