By Anna Sekula Posted December 11, 2009, 2:35 PM EST
NEW YORK As retailers struggle with flagging profits, many are turning to pop-ups during the biggest shopping season of the year. And with so many empty storefronts in the city, the temporary setups are no longer just the realm of big corporate marketers. The pop-up phenomenon is evolving to include presences from online companies big (eBay) and small (L'Aviva Home), as well as others with limited freestanding shops, like Alice & Olivia and Under Armour.
As early as November 20, the experiential marketing platforms started popping up all over the city, from Alice & Olivia's makeshift home inside the Third Avenue location of Scoop to the return of the Wired Store downtown in the meatpacking district. As diverse as the pop-ups are in terms of displays and run time, each is designed to broaden the retailers' reach while creating buzz.