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City seeks participants for Queen City Pop-Up Holiday Edition

City officials said Thursday they are now taking applications for small businesses wishing to participate in the Queen City Pop-Up Holiday Edition.

The city initiative seeks to encourage the growth of new businesses and bring more small stores to downtown Main Street, by giving retailers an opportunity to test their products rent-free during a two-month trial, while putting vacant storefronts to use.

Previous participants have seen sales rise more than 50 percent, while gaining new customers overall, and several retailers have since opened permanent locations.

The latest edition of the program – run by the Buffalo Urban Development Corp., Buffalo Place and Working for Downtown – will operate Nov. 14-Dec. 31.

It will again be held at Sinatra & Company Real Estate's Shops at Market Arcade, 617 Main St.

Applications are available at BUDC's offices at 95 Perry St., by phone from BUDC Vice President Brandye Merriweather at 856-6525, ext. 131, or online at the BUDC, Buffalo Place and Working for Downtown websites.

The deadline is Oct. 28 at 4 p.m.

“Buffalo’s small business community continues to add to the vitality of Main Street and Buffalo’s overall economy,” said Mayor Byron W. Brown, who chairs BUDC.

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