Retail Incubation Space in the Keystone Now Available

AREA News, Events, Photo Feature - 06.28.18

McCook Economic Development Staff Andy Long and Angela Allen stand outside the ‘Retail Incubator’ at the Keystone Business Center ready to welcome the first tenant.

McCook Economic Development launches Retail Incubator at the Keystone

McCook Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) has launched its Retail Incubator program to help individuals thinking about opening their own retail business in McCook. The program allows individuals to rent the 578 square foot space in the Keystone on the first floor on the corner of Norris and D. Individuals can sign up for a six month lease for a total of $1,200. At the end of the six months, individuals then will need to find a permanent retail space in the community to continue their operations.

To qualify for the Retail Incubator space, individuals need to complete a business plan, meet with a retail mentor organized through the MEDC, and pay the entire rent up front. If individuals need financial help to get started, they can use their business plan to apply for a loan from the Revolving Loan Fund.

“We’ve got great unique retail businesses in McCook. To remain the hub of retail in Southwest Nebraska, we need to help local individuals with a retail dream get started. The Retail Incubator program allows individuals to test a retail idea they have on a trial basis. The additional coaching can help individuals work out the details so they can get a successful start,” said Andy Long, MEDC Executive Director.

For more information click here or contact the MEDC at 308-345-1200 or andy@mccookne.org.