Building work in city forces pop-up shop scheme to close - one month after it opened

The works at Castle House, next to the PopUp Norwich shop. Photo: Lauren Cope

The works at Castle House, next to the PopUp Norwich shop. Photo: Lauren Cope - Credit: Archant

Work at a Norwich city centre building has seen a pop-up shop scheme close, just one month after it launched.

The works at Castle House, next to the PopUp Norwich shop. Photo: Lauren Cope

The works at Castle House, next to the PopUp Norwich shop. Photo: Lauren Cope - Credit: Archant

The Pop Up Norwich initiative launched in the former Maplin store on Castle Meadow on Saturday, May 25, giving independent traders, producers and retailers the chance to test the waters in a city centre unit.

The launch of the project saw its first tenants, art collector, a horse sanctuary and a homewares retailer, set up shop for a week.

But the initiative posted on Twitter on Thursday, June 27 to say that ongoing building work at Castle House, where it is based, meant it would be unable to continue.

The upper floors of former offices Castle House, which has sat empty for more than 25 years, are set to be turned into more than two dozen new homes.


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On Twitter, Norwich PopUp said: "Due to the extensive nature of current building work to Castle House, PopUp Norwich will suspend trading until further notice.

"Thank you for everyone who has supported this project."

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The PopUp scheme said as part of the work the windows would have to be removed from the site, leaving it no option but to close.

It said it would be open on Friday, closing on Saturday until the work is completed, when it would be possible to reopen.

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