October 2020. The Downtown Association (IDA) has recognized the Downtown Memphis Commission (DMC) with the Downtown Achievement Pinnacle Award for its work and initiatives related to the Open on Main initiative. See award video below.
Downtown Memphis Commission’s OPEN ON MAIN Initiative pairs emerging
retailers and entrepreneurs with vacant storefronts in Downtown. The
program is designed to help retailers test their market-strategies and
to create a stronger retail ecosystem and better pedestrian experience
in our core city. The spaces available will provide rent-free
opportunities for tenants to temporarily showcase their businesses on
Main Street (usually, one month or longer).
To date, the program has helped 35+ store operators test the retail market in Downtown Memphis, with 80+% MWBE participation.
The goal of OPEN ON MAIN is to
enhance the pedestrian experience in Downtown, support local
makers/entrepreneurs/retailers and bring attention to properties for
lease on the Main St. Mall.