THREE new businesses are set to take advantage of a scheme designed to boost trade on a Marlow street as they gear up to open their pop-up shops to the public.

A youth-oriented men’s fashion store, a vintage shop and a furniture outlet are taking up residence on Spittal Street from this week.

As reported in the MFP last month, commercial property company Sorbon Estates, part of the Shanly Group, is letting out three of its empty premises on the street in short-term, cost price deals.

The company hopes it will give a shot in the arm to an area which has seen a raft of businesses leave over the last 12 months.

And while the scheme has attracted some criticism from readers accusing Shanly Group of contributing to the downturn in the first place, the beneficiaries of the rent-free deal are preparing to open their new ventures.

Menswear shop John Doe, second hand furniture outlet The Vintage Chest and show house clearance boutique Danny & Daughter will all open for business from next week.

Sorbon Estates has not revealed the length of the leases, but says it is committed to taking its time to find the right long-term tenants for the three premises.

Senior estates manager Jonathan Gould said: "I’m encouraged by the positivity that is already being generated by this scheme which is all about supporting small businesses and boosting the number of shoppers coming to the area."