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Free downtown locations for retail through Queen City Pop-Up program

The fourth round of Buffalo’s Queen City Pop-Up program for small retailers will kick off in the first week of May, with as many as half a dozen new stores occupying free space at 517 Main St. for a couple of months.

Officials at Buffalo Urban Development Corp., the city agency that launched and operates the retail incubation program, are working to finalize details of a formal application for small businesses that they hope to issue later this week, said BUDC Vice President Brandye Merriweather.

“We’ve gotten a lot of interest already from the last cycle,” she said.

She said the agency is targeting an application deadline in April, to allow enough time to assist the retailers in ramping up before opening.

The last round, the program’s Holiday Edition, ran from Nov. 9 through Dec. 24, and was housed at KeyCenter at Fountain Plaza. Previous iterations were at the Pierce Building at 653 Main and at Market Arcade. The new location, in a building owned by Roger Trettel, is down the street, near Roosevelt Plaza.

“I just think it’s going to be a great location, so we’re really, really excited about it,” Merriweather said.