BUILDING BUSINESSES, REVITALIZING COMMUNITIES
ALTShop is a unique approach to revitalizing our communities using pop-up shops as retail incubators.
We lower the barriers for business start-ups, existing businesses seeking to test a location, and those simply
wanting to test a concept through use of temporary, short-term space for operation of your business.
Apply to be an ALTShop in Somerville, TN
If you own an existing business or would like to start a business and live in Somerville, TN area.
APPLY NOW to be an ALTShop!
Born from the idea that retail plays a vital role in revitalizing neighborhoods, ALTShop activates vacant storefronts –for days, weeks, or months — to help build local businesses and increase a community’s visibility and vibrancy. ALTShop creates partnerships to activate spaces, test new business concepts, and provide business support services to help sustain and grow local businesses.
Our management consultants work with rural communities and their leadership to help them occupy vacant storefronts with small businesses for a 6 month incubation period. Throughout the program we identify vacant storefronts, negotiate with property owners, sign short-term leases, recruit and select startup or relocating businesses. We also cluster a group of at least 3 small businesses for simultaneous launch and provide 6 months of marketing efforts. During incubation, each business owner receives various types of financial and managerial assistance on-site at their business location.
- Unique opportunity
- Low risk test for entrepreneurs
- Business support services
- Below market or free rent
- Marketing and PR services