Introducing the Campbell River Micro Market on Shoppers Row!

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Four vendors have been chosen for the Campbell River micro-market project:

We encourage everyone to visit and shop at their colourful new retail spaces at 1235 Shoppers Row.

Check back for updates on the site completion as we prepare for the official opening, in fall 2024.

Project Background

This innovative retail hub offers four micro-units for creative ventures. Qualified vendors can secure affordable leases and access a supportive community through the Micro Market Business Incubator Program.

Each unit, sized at 8 feet by 20 feet, will feature well-lit, secure retail space that provides an affordable opportunity to elevate your business to a permanent location in Campbell River.

For more information and to apply to become a Micro Market vendor in the future, complete the vendor application form. Submit your completed application to invest@campbellriver.ca. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt, and shortlisted applications will be reviewed by a committee for final selection.

This is a new project investment with the City of Campbell River, Island Coastal Economic Trust and the Province of British Columbia that looks to increase local business vitality and stimulate visitor attraction and resident engagement.

The Micro Market targets micro businesses that are home- or market-based and are looking to grow into a permanent retail location. The units will offer short-term, affordable lease rates to support entrepreneurs and artisans as they grow their businesses on a rotating basis and support them to get established in their first years of operation.

Engagement

The planning process involved engagement with the public, First Nations, community partners, a project team, City staff and Council at key stages of plan design. Focus groups took place in Campbell River on November 17 and 18, 2023.

Engagement with the business community and residents for input on the design of the outdoor retail market resulted in the What We Heard Report and selection of the site on the corner of 16th Avenue and Shoppers Row.

The contract for the Campbell River Micro Market has been awarded to Nexus Modular Solutions from Cobble Hill. Stay tuned for updates, as site preparation and unit construction are currently underway.

Four vendors have been chosen for the Campbell River micro-market project:

We encourage everyone to visit and shop at their colourful new retail spaces at 1235 Shoppers Row.

Check back for updates on the site completion as we prepare for the official opening, in fall 2024.

Project Background

This innovative retail hub offers four micro-units for creative ventures. Qualified vendors can secure affordable leases and access a supportive community through the Micro Market Business Incubator Program.

Each unit, sized at 8 feet by 20 feet, will feature well-lit, secure retail space that provides an affordable opportunity to elevate your business to a permanent location in Campbell River.

For more information and to apply to become a Micro Market vendor in the future, complete the vendor application form. Submit your completed application to invest@campbellriver.ca. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt, and shortlisted applications will be reviewed by a committee for final selection.

This is a new project investment with the City of Campbell River, Island Coastal Economic Trust and the Province of British Columbia that looks to increase local business vitality and stimulate visitor attraction and resident engagement.

The Micro Market targets micro businesses that are home- or market-based and are looking to grow into a permanent retail location. The units will offer short-term, affordable lease rates to support entrepreneurs and artisans as they grow their businesses on a rotating basis and support them to get established in their first years of operation.

Engagement

The planning process involved engagement with the public, First Nations, community partners, a project team, City staff and Council at key stages of plan design. Focus groups took place in Campbell River on November 17 and 18, 2023.

Engagement with the business community and residents for input on the design of the outdoor retail market resulted in the What We Heard Report and selection of the site on the corner of 16th Avenue and Shoppers Row.

The contract for the Campbell River Micro Market has been awarded to Nexus Modular Solutions from Cobble Hill. Stay tuned for updates, as site preparation and unit construction are currently underway.

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    Apply to become a vendor at the City’s Micro Market, opening downtown this summer.

    The City of Campbell River (the City) is accepting applications for four retail spaces in the new Campbell River Micro Market, opening this summer on Shoppers Row. With its prime location and vibrant atmosphere amongst all the downtown programming, the Micro Market is set to be a hub of creativity and community engagement.

    The Micro Market will feature a variety of offerings, creating a dynamic shopping experience. Located in the heart of downtown Campbell River, on the corner of 13th Avenue and Shoppers Row, beside the Campbell River Art Gallery, this retail space offers vendors the chance to showcase their products to a diverse audience of locals and tourists alike, at an affordable rate. The Micro Market will provide mentorship and guidance to help vendors grow their businesses and navigate the challenges and maximize the opportunities of entrepreneurship. The micro-units offer short-term leases for 12 to 36 months on a rotating basis.

    Residents of Campbell River and the surrounding area who are looking to set up a new retail business are encouraged to apply. Emerging businesses with unique product offerings that are locally sourced or produced will be given priority.

    We are excited to launch this new initiative, which reflects our commitment to supporting local talent and fostering economic growth in our community,” said Campbell River Mayor, Kermit Dahl. “The Campbell River Micro Market is not just a place to shop — it’s a platform for entrepreneurship, innovation, and collaboration, and we’re excited to explore the new offerings that will feature there this summer. Apply today!”

    For more information and to apply to become a Micro Market vendor, visit the City’s online engagement platform at getinvolved.campbellriver.ca/micro-market and download an application. Submit your completed application to invest@campbellriver.ca. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt, and shortlisted applications will be reviewed by a committee for final selection.

    Funding for this program is provided by the Provincial Government, Island Coastal Economic Trust and the City.

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    Contact: Rose Klukas, Director of Economic Development and Indigenous Relations | 250-895-0667 | rose.klukas@campbellriver.ca

  • (November 6, 2023) CITY LOOKS FOR COMMUNITY INPUT ON DOWNTOWN MICRO MARKET

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    Community engagement, including a survey, pop-up, and focus groups, will take place this month.

    The City of Campbell River (the City) is developing a micro market in Campbell River’s downtown core and is looking to the business community and residents for input on the design of the outdoor retail market. This is a new project investment with funding from Island Coastal Economic Trust and the Rural Economic Diversification and Infrastructure Program delivered through the Province of British Columbia.

    The feedback survey is available now at Get Involved Campbell River, the City’s online engagement platform, and the deadline is November 21, 2023. Focus groups and other engagement activities will take place in mid-November, including in-person engagement on November 17 and 18, 2023.

    The micro market looks to increase local business vitality and stimulate visitor attraction and resident engagement. The project will involve small and medium-sized businesses that are home or market-based and are looking to grow their businesses into a permanent retail location.

    Micro-units offer short-term, affordable lease rates for 12 to 36 months on a rotating basis. They support entrepreneurs and artisans as they grow and establish their business within the first years of operation. Successful applicants will also participate in entrepreneurial programming provided by the City’s Economic Development Department.

    “Moving this project forward with the support and valuable insights of the business community and residents in Campbell River and the Strathcona Regional District is incredibly exciting,” said Leah Knutson, Economic Development and Tourism Manager. “Feedback from the businesses that will use this space and the residents that will frequent it will provide direction for the units, surrounding infrastructure and amenities, that will make this a space a vibrant community hub.”

    Planning Process

    Community engagement will provide insights that will guide the planning and design of the micro units, as well as surrounding infrastructure and amenities for the market area. The planning process will consist of three phases:

    Phase 1 – Collecting background research, including case studies, economic, environment, and information on how businesses, organizations, and the general public use the area.

    Phase 2 – Exploring community vision, identification of key issues, opportunities and priorities to realize the vision for the micro-unit retail market.

    Phase 3 – An architect develops and delivers a design concept to the City of Campbell River for a micro-unit retail market based on information gathered in phases 1 & 2.

    The project team will present a What We Heard report and design concept to Council in early 2024.

    For more information on this project, and to take the survey, visit Micro Market | Get Involved Campbell River

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