Distinctive Pop-Up Shops Using Shipping Containers

 In Construction, Modify, Retail, Shipping containers

Pop-up shops are taking the retail industry by storm – popping up in every vending nook and cranny as a cost effective alternative to a traditional brick-and-mortar location. These inspiring storefronts are creative in their use of space and materials, so naturally shipping containers have become a popular material to repurpose. They are customizable, mobile, durable and significantly less expensive than a stationary store.

Take a look at some of these innovative retail spaces – the possibilities are truly endless.


Retail Jewelry Space in London

This cozy shop display is housed in a small rented shipping container. Home to the custom jewelry design store, WeAreArrow, the container is placed at Netil Market, a weekly market with designers and food vendors in East London. The owner has customized the space so that it functions both as a market stall and a workspace.


Retail Jewelry Store shipping container photo by etsy.com

Photo courtesy of etsy.com


Open-Air Floral Shop and Studio in San Francisco

The Floral designer behind Lila B. Design set up shop in the downtown Mission District of San Francisco. Adjacent to a café’s outdoor seating area in a welcoming courtyard, the retail space brings a bit of greenery to the otherwise industrial side of town – gardens and climbing vines to spruce up the gritty downtown location. The repurposed container was transported to the site from the Port of Oakland and now is now used to sell terrariums, fresh flowers and hanging plants.


shipping container florist photo by gardenista.com

Photo courtesy of gardenista.com


Casual Outdoor Eatery in San Antonio

Completed in March 2013, The Luxury was constructed using two separate containers for the kitchen and bar. The original plan of using trailers was abandoned because of the high costs associated with retrofitting them. The owner soon discovered that repurposed shipping containers provided more space and cost much less to outfit than trailers. The Luxury features an all-outdoor dining area where guests enjoy a laid-back atmosphere.


The Luxury San Antonio shipping container

Photo courtesy of rantlifestyle.com


Cargo Café and Bubble Tea in Bristol

In 2013 CUPP Box, a unique shipping container bubble tea café, won the nationwide acclaimed ‘Best Short Term Retailer of the Year’ at the SCEPTRE Awards. Inspired by the bubble tea of Taiwan, the owners of the café wanted to focus on fresh ingredients, an authentic taste and a memorable retail space that is also movable. They converted their shipping container to an inviting shop in only two and a half weeks.


Cupp bubble tea photo by cuppteabar.com

Photo courtesy of cuppteabar.com


Got an idea for a pop-up shop of your own? Whether you are looking to rent or buy, let Saf-T-Box get you started with advice from our skilled staff and a framework for all of your customizable options. Let’s get building.









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