Narrabri Shire Council has invited local businesses, creatives and artisans to submit an expression of interest to participate in an upcoming pop-up shop as part of its Business Improvement Program – 2021 Christmas Activation.

Mayor Ron Campbell said the Christmas pop-up shop will operate like an indoor market in a prominent vacant space in Maitland Street, Narrabri, providing an opportunity for businesses that are at different stages of operation.

“The Christmas pop-up shop provides an excellent opportunity to support new business establishment and for home-based businesses to trial trading in a retail space,” Cr Campbell said.

“It also provides extra room for existing businesses to extend their Christmas retail and business promotion in a main street location at the busiest time of year.”

The festive initiative was developed following extensive consultation with local businesses, business associations and feedback from the 2020 Retail Revamp program and funded through the Australian government’s Murray-Darling Basin Economic Development Program.

“Narrabri Shire Council is committed to supporting local businesses and community by creating inviting, vibrant CBDs to encourage increased trade and patronage following sustained periods of economic difficulty caused by drought and COVID-19,” Cr Campbell said.

“Along with the pop-up shop, the 2021 Christmas Activation will feature Christmas lights and installations in Narrabri, Boggabri and Wee Waa town centres, providing festive flair and atmosphere for the community to enjoy and encourage retail spending across the shire throughout December.”

Applications to be part of the pop-up shop are welcomed from all interested businesses and stallholders within the Narrabri Shire Council area.

There is no fee to be a stallholder.

Forms can be downloaded from council’s website with applications closing at 5pm on Friday, November 5.

Further information can be obtained by contacting 6799 6866 or [email protected]

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