Pop-up shops could strengthen downtown
STAMFORD — A month ago, the storefront at 95 Bedford St. stood dark. Today, the lights are back on, and the racks are stocked with shirts, sport jackets, trousers and shorts.
The revival reflects the arrival of the custom-menswear brand J. Hilburn, which has set up a two-month shop as part of the Stamford Downtown Special Services District’s new Retail Pop-Up Program. The one-year initiative aims to boost street-level retailing in the downtown area with temporary tenants — a strategy that is generating more foot traffic, but one that would not solve on its own the ongoing store turnover in the city center.