Retail and Food Service are changing fast! Africatown wants you to get right so you don’t get left.
Updated: May 12, 2020
Black Dot Retail-Food Incubation Info Session this Wednesday
Without a doubt COVID has changed the food and retail industries most likely forever. When things return back to “normal” in many cases we will find that it is not the normal that we remember as restaurants will operate at a lower capacity to accommodate social distancing guidelines and the current in-store retail experience will change.
However, there is an old saying that in any crisis there is also an opportunity. Africatown is seeking to open a dialogue with those in retail and food about what those sectors will look like after COVID and what opportunities are out there for those in our community and as well how innovation can create the future that we want to see.
The goal of this meeting is to gather input and feedback from a variety of stakeholders regarding shared commercial space models for food and retail micro-entrepreneurs. The purpose of shared retail and commercial space is to reduce barriers and costs associated with small retailers and food entrepreneurs associated with having a physical location post COVID.
Africatown Community Land Trust and Black Dot worked with the University of Washington Foster School of Business to identify some possible models but now we want to engage with potential tenants and landlords, contractors, financial institutions and technical assistance providers to further develop the model for implementation in commercial space that is coming available in the neighborhood.
The recommendations may also inform ACLT to determine what kind of businesses are most likely to succeed and how to best design the commercial space so that it can survive in today’s digital-first retail market.