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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - FOR VENDORS
I am a small food business who is interested in applying to be a vendor. What should I do?
Fill out our Indication of Interest. Contact us with any questions.
What type of vendors does Blue Dogwood want to fill the market?
We aim to have a good mix of food vendors: approximately 60% of the space for fresh food vendors, 30% of the space for vendors selling prepared food or food accessories, and 10% of the space available for pop-ups. We expect that several small vendors selling prepared food or food accessories will share rental space - we will encourage vendors with one or two products to join our community.
Where are the vendors from?
In order to maintain a regional presence, we aim for all vendors to come from no farther away than approximately 4 hours from Chapel Hill.
How much does it cost to rent vendor space at Blue Dogwood?
Spaces average $450 to $800 per month with a 1-year lease. Price depends on the size of the space, location in the market, and the type of space (if the space is set up for wet use or dry use). Pop-up prices vary depending on length of time and space rented.
How long is a lease in the market?
As a Permanent Vendor, you must sign a 1-year lease, renewable by mutual agreement. As a Pop-up Vendor, you must sign a short term agreement.
What will vendor stalls look like?
Permanent Vendors can customize their stall design to brand their product. To accommodate this, vendor stalls are open and varied, and the type of stall wall is up to the vendor (with management’s approval).
What else do Permanent Vendors get in addition to retail space?
As a Permanent Vendor, you get crossover exposure by being located in a community of like-minded small food businesses. Blue Dogwood management will help you with marketing and joint marketing events. Permanent Vendors may also have catering opportunities, such as catering for events in The Outdoor Beer Garden.
I have an idea for a great new food business or product. What should I do?
We are always accepting applications for Pop-up Vendors who want to try new ideas. We suggest that you pop up before committing to anything more permanent.
Why do you limit vendors? If you have available rental space, why don't you accept everyone?
To best diversify our vendors and attract diverse customers, we have a specific breakdown of what type of vendors we accept. We also do our best to fill our space with non-competing tenants.
I want to sell food products, but I don't want to rent space. Will you sell my products for me?
We hope to have vendors who will sell a few related products for other small businesses.
Blue Dogwood already has a food business that is really similar to my business! Can I also be a vendor?
Because we want diverse offerings, we will try our best to put in non-competing small businesses. It is up to the discretion of management if you are competition for an existing tenant.
I am a grower who sells produce, fresh herbs, or flowers. Will you accept me?
We would like to have a small offering of products such as fresh produce, herbs, and flowers. We hope to have a small stall with fresh vegetables and fruit.
I want to apply to be a Permanent Vendor, but Blue Dogwood's permanent space is full! What should I do?
We expect high turnover as businesses grow and move out because they need more space. This is wonderful - we love to see our small businesses do well! Please contact us to get on our waiting list.