Pop up shops aren't just annoying - they're also worth £2.1bn
But it turns out that rather than just being a trendy, half-arsed conceit pedalled by drinks brands, vintage stores and other self consciously hip companies, pop up shops are actually making money for the economy: £2.1bn, in fact.
Pop up shops are the children of the recession – temporary stores in empty properties or in town centres where rents are too high to sustain them - so it’s no surprise that they’re flourishing.
But a recent study by EE suggests they’re an economic force to be reckoned with. There are 9400 pop up shops in the UK, which employ 23,400 people – and they’re likely to grow by 8.4% in the coming year.
We’re spending money in them, too. The report predicts that the average customer spend will grow from £110 to £120 next year.
Mike Tomlinson from EE says that pop up shops are a ‘breath of fresh air’ and ‘truly embody the entrepreneurial nature of the UK.’
So think about that next time you’re in that shady branch of American Sweets, looking at a dusty box of Lucky Charms and wondering whether it's all a front for money laundering.