Will You Pop in to the ‘Pop-up’?

A breath of new life is coming to an empty store in the Deiniol Shopping Centre. Shoppers in Bangor will be able to enjoy the wonderful handcrafted gifts produced by the young people of Bangor.

Fantastic, framed photographs and uniquely designed crafts from ‘The Creative Trading Co.’ will take centre stage for the first few days after the store’s opening on the 26th of February.

On the 3rd of March, a second rebirth will take place. ‘The Ugly Foods Shop’ aims to provide a new lease of life for fruit and vegetables rejected by supermarkets. As tasty as this produce is, the wholesome yet irregular fruit and veg do not meet conventional beauty standards. Unusual shape or skin blemishes may mean they are refused entry to supermarket shelves. The Ugly Foods shop thinks beauty is only skin deep and offers you the chance to save them from landfill, and at a cheaper price!

Juices, soups and smoothies will also be sold on site to show just how great ugly food can taste. In addition the ‘in-a-box’ range contains everything you will need to create your own fresh and tasty soup or stew at home.

Why are the young people of Bangor turning shopkeepers? Lowri Owen from the Careers & Employability Service’s B- Enterprising project explains:

“Bangor University encourages its students to be entrepreneurial and consider the option of self-employment and starting their own business. While they may not all become involved in retail, taking part in this project provides them with a foretaste of running their own business and helps them to develop the employability skills required by employers.”

 “I’d like to thank Bangor City Council for offering us the opportunity to use the pop-up shop,” Lowri added.

Gwyn Hughes, Town Clerk, Bangor City Council added:

“As part of our on-going initiative to re-generate the High Street, we are delighted to be working closely with Bangor University on innovative ideas to offer shoppers in the city centre a different experience to what they can get elsewhere.”

Dan Taylor, a post-graduate Masters student who will be managing the pop-up shop said:

“This is a great opportunity for students to gain vital experience for future employment, and allows for students to prove that the knowledge built over their degrees will make an impact in the world of work. The Ugly Foods shop will be an outlet for students to prove to the community that creativity and innovation is a vital part of their degrees.”

Bangor University’s B-Enterprising programme is supported by funding from the Welsh Government’s North West Wales Hub which is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Welsh Government to support delivery of the Youth Entrepreneurship Strategy (YES) for Wales.

Publication date: 24 February 2015