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Want to test downtown's retail scene? Here's how to join Queen City Pop-Up

City officials have put out the call for new participants in the Queen City Pop-Up retail program for the last two months of the year.

Applications are now available for small local retailers who want to participate in the program's 2017 Holiday Edition by receiving free storefront space on Main Street from Nov. 9 through Dec. 31. Participants will be hosted by KeySuccess LLC and Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. at 50 Fountain Plaza, located in the 500 block of Main, at the corner of Chippewa Street.

Queen City Pop-Up is designed to allow small businesses a chance to test their products downtown, rent-free, for two months before setting off on their own. Former participants have reported retail sales growth of more than 50 percent, and several have since opened permanent stores downtown.

The program is run by the Buffalo Urban Development Corp., Buffalo Place and Working for Downtown, in conjunction with the administration of Mayor Byron Brown. The request-for-proposals is available at the BUDC office at 95 Perry St., or by contacting BUDC Vice President Brandye Merriweather at 716-856-6525, ext. 131. Applications are due by 4 p.m. on Oct. 23.

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