The district council is looking at ways to return vacant shop units in the city centre to use by introducing pop-up shops.
At a cabinet meeting on Tuesday morning, councillors discussed the idea of using a vacant shop in Crane Street to trial the idea.
Pop-up shops bring a number of benefits including drawing a new trade to the area, providing an affordable opportunity for start-up businesses in the city centre and improving the look of the high street.
Once developed, this scheme will identify suitable vacant premises and set them up as affordable temporary spaces, giving smaller businesses and enterprises the opportunity to trade in a high street location without the commitment or cost of a longer-term lease.
“We’re really pleased that this new scheme can now be developed,” said Cllr Eileen Lintill, leader of Chichester District Council.
“As a council, we are committed to supporting our high streets.
“As part of this, we have to consider a variety of things, including changing customer needs and expectations, and the barriers that smaller businesses face when trying to find affordable retail space in a prime location.
“Pop-up shops, which return empty units to retail use, are becoming a very popular and effective way of meeting these needs.”
Traders would have a licence and pay a nominal ‘all inclusive’ charge, set at no less than £200 per month.
The council purchased ten retail units at Crane Street in 2015 which have not been immune to the challenges of the high street with a higher turnover of occupiers in more recent years and empty premises taking longer to let.