The OPEN Downtown Pop Up Shop Program is an initiative of the Center City Development and Operations Department (CCDO) in partnership with property owners and retailers to offer local entrepreneurs a no-cost/ low-cost short-term lease in vacant downtown properties. The program activates vacant properties by introducing new, creative, and temporary retail locations with visual aesthetic. OPEN creates an environment that engages customers and authenticates downtown as a vibrant urban space, ready for long-term investment.
“OPEN has received attention from cities around the country looking for innovative ways to revitalize their urban cores” –Lori Houston, Assistant City Manager
OPEN has received Centro's 2015 Best Public/Private Partnership Award as well as the 2015 IDA Merit Award for Events & Programming.