The KB Collective is here

Published on Friday, 1 July 2022 at 10:00:00 AM

A new pop-up shop will open in Kalgoorlie’s central business district this Thursday, July 7, thanks to a collaboration between the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder and the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The Pop-up KB Collective (also known as The Collective) is a pilot project aiming to create an engaging commercial space and shop-front opportunity for home-based local businesses, emerging enterprises, and creatives.

The commercial property at 226 Hannan Street (owned by the KBCCI) will become home to six businesses participating as part of the City’s Go Local First business support initiative.

The Collective gives them an opportunity to test the market and gain the information needed to take their businesses to the next level.

City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder CEO Andrew Brien said the City is committed to supporting our local businesses with a range of programs that provide growth opportunities.

The Collective will contribute to the vibrancy and retail experience of Hannan Street, and we look forward to seeing the participating businesses gain much from this experience,” he said.

“The businesses will be provided with a range of business and marketing support throughout the trial to give them every possible chance to succeed,” he said.

Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO Simone De Been said the project would help transform the property into a vibrant commercial asset whilst increasing awareness of the benefits and opportunities of having a commercial premise.  

“This is a fantastic opportunity to provide home-based and small businesses with a platform to show off their products and services.  We have some extremely talented people in the Goldfields,” she said.

“We look forward to delivering a range of free workshops to businesses in The Collective as part of our Business Local service”.

“In addition to supporting the businesses, we also hope the increase in foot traffic may attract a long-term tenant for the property,” she said.  

Participating business owner Joy Urquhart of Ginger and Jane said she was excited to be part of The Collective.

“It is a great opportunity not only for me but other small home-based businesses to test out retail space,” she said.

“I hope it will help me learn more about my own business, grow my business and reach new customers”.

“It’s an opportunity to learn from the program and one another so that hopefully, one day in the future, we may be opening our own permanent retail space," she said.

The Collective shop will open from noon Thursday 7 July, with regular weekly trading on Thursdays and Fridays from 10 am to 4 pm, and 10 am to 2 pm on weekends.

If you are a business owner interested in being part of the City’s Go Local First program and staying informed of other City economic development initiatives, register online here

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