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Vacant Property Helps Community Avoid Lost Coats


 To whet your appetite a few paragraphs from the article on www.mashable.com are quoted below.

"The initial catalyst for the project was based on a study conducted by the store’s founders Anne Willem Pranger, Jonathan Schaap, and Jos Maatje who, while students at nearby Hanze University, found that among their sample 80% said they had lost a coat after leaving it in a bar. This realization prompted the students to partner with the local association of entrepreneurs, the Groningen City Club, and set up shop in an unutilized space in the heart of the city. The 1,500-item capacity of the location provides an optimum solution for preventing the loss of what comes to approximately 8,000 coats annually.

However, the store isn’t simply a remedy for absent-minded revelers. Open from 1:00 in the afternoon to 7:00 in the morning, the StadsGarderobe’s daytime hours allow for a more pleasant shopping experience, where patrons of nearby businesses can deposit their bags and continue shopping unencumbered.

The StadsGarderobe is the first location of its kind in the Netherlands and offers a unique and elegant solution for utilizing vacant storefront real estate, catering to the needs of urban shoppers, and decreasing instances of lost and stolen property.

Click here to read the full article.  For any of you from university towns out there, this idea might make some sense for your nighttime economy.

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