‘Kszyki Park’, a pop-up container park with shops, bars, cafes and restaurants, is due to open nearby Park Połodniowy in June.
According to dziennikarstwo.wroclaw.pl, the new attraction will be located on a plot of land close to the Krzyki tram loop.
The container park is the brainchild of Anita Jaromin and Sandra Lakus. The former has experience in the real estate industry and the latter has been involved in the organisation of cultural events. The duo were inspired by the Boxpark concept in London, a container park that has been labelled ‘the world’s 1st pop-up mall’.
Should Kszyki Park aim to follow a similar path, shoppers and diners can expect to find venues that are more ‘alternative’ or – dare we say it – hipster.
According to Gazeta Wyborcza, Kszyki Park will span 5,000 square metres and be composed of an initial 80 containers. An additional 20 will then be added over time. The container park will be monitored with CCTV, partially roofed and open all year round.
The construction of Kszyki Park will start this month and it is hoped that everything will be finished in time for an opening in the first half of June.
The Kszyki Park concept imagines five different zones: beauty (e.g. barbers, hairdressers , beauty services and tattooists), fashion and accessories (e.g. boutiques, designer fashion stores and showrooms), sports and recreation (e.g. sports and fitness shops), technology (e.g. gaming, e-sport rooms and electronics stores) and gastronomy (e.g. bars, cafes and restaurants).
The owners of Kszyki Park also plan to host a variety of cultural events.
The Kszyki Park name does of course contain an incorrect spelling of ‘Krzyki’, the district in which the container park is to be located. The name was apparently selected as a means of attracting attention and to avoid it being confused with natural parks in the area. Phonetically speaking, ‘Kszyki’ may also be a tad easier for foreigners to pronounce – especially for those not familiar with the Polish language.
Wrocław currently has one of the highest amounts of retail space per 1,000 residents in all of Europe. Given that stat, critics of the Kszyki Park concept may say that Wrocław has gone well beyond saturation point when it comes to shopping areas.
However, the containers in Kszyki Park should in theory be much cheaper to rent than in Wrocław’s shopping centres. That would tempt a lot of young designers and budding entrepreneurs to open shops, bars, cafes, restaurants and other businesses there.
The containers are also rather small and could potentially operate just fine with only one staff member present. That would mean that any of the shops staffed by its owner could open on Sunday, something that most other stores can now only do once a month.