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Winner of “The Challenge: Free retail space at Louis Joliet Mall

2/14/2018, 7:42 a.m.
Joliet - Have an idea? Looking for free retail space to test an idea? Louis Joliet Mall can help. Now ...
Unlike many other malls in the country, Louis Joliet Mall has had no trouble attracting name-brand retailers, including a 24,000-square-foot H&M clothing store that will open in December.

Joliet - Have an idea? Looking for free retail space to test an idea? Louis Joliet Mall can help. Now through Friday, March 30, Louis Joliet Mall is encouraging local entrepreneurs to submit fresh, fun and innovative retail concepts for “The Challenge: Battle of the Pop-Up Contest.”

The contest winner will receive a rent-free space in Louis Joliet Mall for four

months, use of existing mall or store fixtures and free utilities. The winner also

receives a $500 merchandising package that includes interior signage, table-printed

displays and graphic design services.

“Supporting local businesses and community ideas is important and vital to the

success of our mall as well as the financial health of community overall. We’re

delighted with this contest idea as it’s available to both established and budding

entrepreneurs who may have new, existing or online concepts to test,” says Sandy

Maldonado-Martinez, Louis Joliet Mall marketing director. “Battle of the Pop-Up is

another initiative that showcases our city’s talent.”

To enter, participants must be prepared to obtain a business license by Friday, June

1, 2018 and operate their business during mall hours from Friday, June 1, 2018

through Sunday, September 30, 2018. Entries will be judged on business strategy,

concept creativity, and likelihood of profitability among other criteria. The

deadline for entries is Friday, March 30. There is no cost to enter. Applicants may

enter one of three ways:

  1. Louis Joliet Mall’s website

(https://www.shoppinglouisjolietmall.com/thechallenge) .

  1. Drop off their entry at the mall’s management office or

  2. Email this completed form https:starwoodretailpartners.formstack.com to TheChallenge@StarwoodRetail.com

Winners will be contacted via email or phone on Monday, April 23.