A NEW group has been formed to fill empty retail spaces around Launceston and bring new local businesses out of homes and behind shopfronts.
Pop-Up Project Launceston aims to bring creative practitioners and small business entrepreneurs into vacant outlets to create more activity in the city's commercial areas.
The project has been created by Michelle Strickland, Danny Carney and Kym Goodes, of 3p Consulting, developer Sam Hogg, Rae and Partners director Melanie Kerrison, and Harcourts commercial real estate agent Candice Gillies.
Ms Strickland said increased community involvement in Launceston's centre would bring attention to a landlord's property and generate income for periphery businesses.
She said the organisation planned to provide business mentoring to clients and would deal specifically with Tasmanian businesses.
``Ultimately we would like to see pop-ups transforming into permanent businesses in Launceston,'' Ms Strickland said.
The property would be offered to tenants for free who then would be required to pay their own costs, insurance, landlord outgoings, and an administration fee to the pop-up organisation.
The landlord has a 21-day vacation clause should it attract a full-time tenant to pay rent or temporary tenants have the opportunity to move in full-time once rent could be afforded.
An Angel's Goal charity shop at Ravenswood is the first pop-up shop to open under the project.
Richard Van Dam, of Angel's Goal, said the outlet would enable it to raise money to fund anti-bullying initiatives.