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Press Release: MMDC Launches BOXLOT Retail Concept in the Edge District

The Memphis Medical District Collaborative (MMDC) has announced the launch of BOXLOT, a micro-retail and music lounge built from shipping containers located in the Edge neighborhood of the Medical District.

“The Medical District is a place for businesses to grow and thrive, and BOXLOT is an exciting concept to test and accelerate this potential,” says Vonesha Mitchell of MMDC. “BOXLOT builds on MMDC’s portfolio of business incentive programs while amplifying the momentum and vitality of the Edge neighborhood and larger Medical District. We look forward to attracting new retail business activity while supporting other District businesses.”

BOXLOT is a temporary activation driven by MMDC with partners Creative Punch Marketing Group and PKM Architects. Shab Chic Marketplace, a micro-retail development previously on this site, paved the way for the BOXLOT project.

After re-design and construction, BOXLOT opens in September with two local retail tenants and a partnership with an international brand. KickSpins, owned by Memphis musician and producer Tonya Dyson, is a hybrid record and custom sneaker boutique. Majik & Co. features vintage fashion, shoes, and specialty items curated by Memphian Auston Freeman. BOXLOT serves to connect established brands to the market in the Edge and Medical District through pop-ups and other unique retail experiences. Through a partnership with furniture retailer IKEA, the IKEA Lounge features a custom selection of furniture and serves as a venue for live music performances. A full schedule of art and music events will be announced on BOXLOT’s website.

 

 

 

 

 

“BOXLOT offers an exciting opportunity for retail tenants, positioning them to potentially move into permanent brick and mortars,” says Vonesha Mitchell of MMDC. “We look forward to adding to the creative energy and activity in the area with these shops and weekly event series.” Shipping container developments are a growing trend across the country and world as communities and planners are venturing into more creative and eco-friendly development practices.

Follow BOXLOT on social media to track the construction process, learn more about tenants and partners, and find out about official “UnBoxing” opening events @boxlotmemphis.

Cover image: Rendering courtesy of PKM Architects.

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