They're old news in the business community, but the widespread growth of pop-up stores is becoming an important consumer trend this fall. The Los Angeles Times gave them a closer look this weekend, noting how the stores are "filling in the gaps at recession-battered shopping centers" and giving both shoppers and retailers intriguing retail options.
The concept of pop-up stores is not new. The New York Times reported on pop-ups in Europe five years ago this week, and stores with Christmas or Halloween themes thrive on such setups annually. But the concept has gone mass this year, and watching the stores' impact on shopping styles in 2010 will be interesting.