Shipping container markets have become quite popular over the last 10 years right around the world… and for good reason. From the DeKalb Market in Brooklyn, to Boxpark in London to the ReStart Container Market in New Zealand; shipping container markets / malls have been “popping” up right around the world. Over the past 5 years Storstac has been pivotal in helping Toronto join-in on the shipping container market craze; and for good reason. Storstac has been host to all of Toronto’s Permanent and semi-permanent container markets. The shipping container market at Scadding Court community center at the corner of Dundas Street and Bathurst Street in the heat of downtown Toronto has been supplied wholly by Storstac. This market is precedent setting as it provides tenements with affordable rents that allow them to grow there small businesses that were previously based in their homes to a “brick-and-mortar” location. The market is meant to be both a permanent home for some tenants, as well as a stepping stone that allows other tenants the opportunity to test the marketplace with their products before growing to a larger location. The market has become famous for its ethnically diverse and delicious “street foods” and for its locally produced hand made goods. Storstac has also been responsible for the Westside market place that was live for the summer of 2015 at the corner of Bathrust and Front Street, as well as the Winter Market Place that is currently ongoing at the Evergreen Brickworks on the north east end of Downtown Toronto. Shipping container markets have a host of benefits that traditional brick-and-mortar and tent markets cannot provide.
Modular: Shipping container markets can be arranged, re-arranged, and relocated in an instant. This modular aspect allows container markets to grow, shrink, and move rapidly depending on current market conditions.
Wind and Water Tight: Another advantage of using shipping containers for markets is that they are solid steel boxes. This means that when its raining, snowing, or windy, retailers don’t have to close down for the day. The container is solidly sitting on the ground and isn’t phased by harsh weather conditions.
Security: Depending on how the individual containers are designed, they can go from having a large glass entrance in the day time when there open, to being a fully sealed steel box at night when there closed. This allows container markets to be placed in more remote locations where land may be under utilized, or placed right in the heat of a city’s downtown core in an empty developers future condominium site.
If you have any questions about starting your very own shipping container market or mall, NO ONE in Canada has more experience at designing, fabricating and deploying shipping container markets/malls then Storstac.