+49 (0) 421 9600-10
“Pop-up stores” competition Bremen - Quelle: WFB

Contest deadline expired: "Pop-up stores" competition

Test out your pop-up store concept for eleven months free of charge in a prime location in Bremen city centre!

The application period expired on 6 December 2021 at 12 pm.

We were looking for operating concepts for three retail spaces in prime locations, which are to be transformed into pop-up stores!

The search was on for concepts that ideally bring new, innovative retail ideas to Bremen city centre. Bremen is the eleventh-largest city in Germany with a metro area of around 2.7 million people.

We are looking preferably for retail ideas in combination with other uses such as special services, events and culture. The competition is aimed at prospective entrepreneurs, start-ups and creative and established suppliers from retail, services, crafts, art and culture, who do not yet have a location in the city centre.

The winners of the competition will be afforded the opportunity to make their business ideas a reality for eleven months (from 1 February 2022 to 31 December 2022), rent-free in the specified retail space. The stores are scheduled to open no later than 1 March 2022.

WFB will assist with public relations work and networking with local economic players.

The goal is to revive vacant spaces, improve the variety of offers and bring new concepts to the city centre.

All information about the competition can be found here.

Information about the application process can be found further down on this page.

What can I win?

  • One retail space (see overview)
  • Free of rental and ancillary fees (excluding electricity costs, business and product liability insurance)
  • Grant for shop fitting / interior fittings 20,000.00 €
  • Grant for personnel costs 40,000.00 €
  • Free membership of CityInitiative Bremen e.V.

The following retail spaces are available (in “as is” condition):

Important note: One store space (Sögestraße, formerly space no. 1) has been withdrawn and is no longer available in the competition.

Retail space no. 1:

  • Address: Katharinenklosterhof 5 (Laden 9)
  • Usage allowed for: retail (no food service)
  • Total area: 77 m², of which sales area (ground floor, retail) 45 m²
  • Additional areas: storage in the basement and toilet 32 m²
  • Miscellaneous: The space has been cleared. Standard lighting will be provided. No floor covering provided, no shop fitting provided

Pictures of retail space no. 1:

Retail space no. 2:

  • Address: Knochenhauerstraße 41/42
  • Usage allowed for: retail/ food service
  • Total area: 250 m², of which sales area 151 m² (ground floor; included kitchen, toilet and storage) and 60 m ² (first floor)
  • Additional areas: 39 m² storage (basement)
  • Miscellaneous: Floor covering and lighting partly provided. Shop fitting provided in parts.

Pictures of retail space no. 2:

Retail space no 3:

  • Address: LLOYD PASSAGE 4
  • Usage allowed for: retail (no food service)
  • Total area: 89 m², of which sales area 72 m² (ground floor)
  • Additional Areas: toilets 17 m²
  • Miscellaneous: Floor covering and lighting provided

Pictures of retail space no. 3:

Retail spaces will be allocated according to the order of winners and the preferred spaces specified by applicants in the participation form during the application process. The winner in first place will get the retail space of his/her choice; the winner in second place will get the retail space of his/her choice provided it is still available, otherwise he/she will get his/her second-choice retail space; the winner in third place will get the retail space of his/her choice, provided it is still available, otherwise he/she will get his/her second- or third-choice retail space.

How can I participate?

Please read the judging criteria carefully once again, observe our conditions of participation and then you can start with the application form.

Please open and save (right mouse-click / save as) the application-PDF in the Acrobat-Reader. Then you send us the filled out application form via e-mail (Subject: Competition "Pop-up-Stores) to the following e-mail address:


Or you send us your application by post:

WFB Wirtschaftsförderung Bremen GmbH
Frau Take und Frau Göppert
Competition "Pop-up-Stores"
Bürgermeister-Smidt-Straße 101
28195 Bremen

The competition will run from 28 October 2021 (12 p.m.) until 6 December 2021 (12 p.m.). The retail spaces will be available from 1 February 2022 (The first month is planned for renovation work. If possible, the store should open on 1 March).

Judging criteria:

  • Concept coherence
    (Do the individual components of the concept fit well together and consistently complement each other?)
  • Level of innovation
    (What innovative ideas does the concept include with regard to the products, business model, services and digitalisation, for example?)
  • Number of customers
    (Why is the concept submitted likely to attract a high number of customers? E.g. due to product variety, trendy products or services)
  • Suitability for the city centre
    (Why is the city centre a good location for the concept? Will it appeal to existing target groups as well as customers, locals and visitors to the city?)
  • Variety of uses
    (Besides conventional sales, what else will take place in the space in terms of advice, events and culture, for example?)
  • Unique selling point
    (What makes the concept unique and does it stand out from existing offers in the city centre?)
  • Economic sustainability of the concept
    (Has the concept been designed to be viable beyond the eleven months in the market economy? Can it be continued in the city centre or in another location?)
  • Environmental sustainability of the concept
    (Will there be fair, regional or seasonal products, for example? Are products or processes produced or designed in a way that conserves resources?)

Assessing the criteria in equal parts by an expert jury following the German school grading system, with marks from one to six

Facts and figures about Bremen

Among the top ten major industrial hubs in Germany, smallest federal state, but eleventh-largest German city. We have put together a selection of key facts and figures about Bremen for you.

Learn more

If you have any questions about the competition, please feel free to contact us:

Karin Take

Unternehmensservice und Standortentwicklung

Projektleiterin Unternehmensbetreuung Bremen Mitte

+49 (0) 421 9600-221


Anna Göppert

Akquisition und Projekte

Projektleiterin Innenstadt-Projekte

+49 (0) 421 9600-515


Recommended Editorial Content
If you click on "Youtube activation", the content will be loaded from Youtube and your data will be transmitted to Youtube. The service provider is located in the USA. There is no adequate level of data protection for the USA. If you do not want data to be transmitted, please do not click the button. Further information can be found in our data protection information.
Leider ist beim laden des externen Inhalts etwas schiefgelaufen.

More on this in our Privacy Policy.

Sucess Stories

Überseestadt (New Harbour District)
9 January 2024
Brüning Group: From Fischerhude to the Überseeinsel

New settlement in Bremen: for three decades, the Brüning Group had its company headquarters in Fischerhude. In the summer of 2023, the rapidly expanding company moved its head offices to the Überseeinsel in the Überseestadt (the New Harbour District) in Bremen. A modern brick-built office block with a glass facade now stands where Kellogg's once stored rice.

Learn more
Investing in Bremen
12 October 2023
Property Market: Bremen Still Producing Solid Results

Once a year, renowned analysts collect information for the Real Estate Market Report. This is a review of the past year, combined with forecasts based on the market data available within the first six months. The 2023 report shows stable results despite the current difficult market conditions.

Learn more
Success stories
16 August 2023
Working Together to Resolve the Skills Shortage

Many sectors are affected by the shortage of qualified employees. However, thanks to its numerous partners, Bremeninvest can offer a broad range of services and assistance to help overcome these problems.

Learn more