Hotel in Dundee bids to bring back pop-up Christmas shop to keep staff busy

Maureen MacPhail and Richie Hawkins in the stables at Taypark House
Maureen MacPhail and Richie Hawkins in the stables at Taypark House

A Dundee hotel is set to bring back its pop-up Christmas shop this year to avoid cutting staff hours over the festive season.

The Taypark House Hotel hosted a Christmas market in its revamped stable space last year and now aims to bring it back again.

Boss Richie Hawkins hopes to run the shop from November 30 for 28 days, using the Perth Road hotel’s existing staff.

If approved by planning chiefs, the store will sell locally sourced food, drink, furniture and arts and crafts until the end of December. A description of the store’s operations was submitted to Dundee City Council by Mr Hawkins as part of an application for temporary planning permission.

Mr Hawkins said he aimed to avoid reducing staffing levels during the quieter trading period over Christmas by having hotel staff work at the pop-up shop.

He said: “This is an application for a change of use to form a pop-up Christmas fair for 28 days in December.

“We will be selling furniture, local arts and crafts, farm produce and bottled drinks.

“All items will be supplied directly to us and we will retail using our staff and till point.

“The purpose of this venture is to attract patrons to our existing business at Taypark House during what is usually a quiet time as a boutique hotel.

“We aim to avoid moving to reduced staffing levels due to this.”

An application to convert the stable into a short-term holiday let accommodation is under consideration by council planning chiefs, after a previous bid to create a wood-fired pizza restaurant was withdrawn.