GARDINER, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The downtown is seeing the benefits of a holiday economic revitalization program.

During the holiday season, the City of Gardiner made good use of the empty storefronts downtown. Landlords allowed pop up businesses to set up shop rent-free. Three businesses took advantage of the program, and one of them did so well, it's sticking around. Pooch's 2nd Hand Shop is a volunteer-run consignment store that donates its profits to local animal welfare agencies. Director Bethany Rackliff is hoping the momentum downtown continues.

"I think with the Pop-up Project, people were very excited about it," Rackliff told NEWS CENTER. "Coming in and out, and they were happy to have all these stores down here so I think it's coming back and it's great to be part of it."

Publicity around the Pop-up Project helped attract another retail store, a wine bar, and a steakhouse to downtown Gardiner. For more information on Gardiner's downtown revitalization, click here.

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