Pop-up stores approved

Temporary businesses will be allowed in downtown Summerland during the Festival of Lights next month.

Temporary businesses will be allowed in downtown Summerland during the Festival of Lights next month.

On Monday, municipal council approved a special business license for temporary businesses, also called pop-up stores, during the weekend of Nov. 25 and 26.

The rate is $50 for each business.

Coun. Jim Kyluik said the businesses will enhance the annual festival.

“I think it’s going to add to our Festival of Lights,” he said.

Coun. Lloyd Christopherson said the businesses will occupy buildings which are now vacant.

“I think it will add some spice to our downtown,” he said.

Coun. Sam Elia said temporary business licenses may work for other events, not only for the November festival.

“I think it shows some initiative,” he said. “Hopefully, some of them will be able to stay longer.”

Municipal administrator Don DeGagne said the resolution is a first for the Okanagan.

Pop-up stores have appeared in other cities in Canada and the United States.

They are often used to market seasonal items, such as Halloween costumes and Christmas gifts and supplies.



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