Empty shops at a four-year high

Like many other towns, Sidmouth’s high street has a lot of empty shops along it:

More shops to close on Sidmouth’s high street

Who will be filling the empty shops along Sidmouth’s High Street?

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Govier’s of Sidmouth closing down sale © Jaggery cc-by-sa/2.0 …

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Devon Live reports on the latest findings: click on the link below:

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One in 10 shops now empty as number reaches four-year high

The number of empty shops in town centres has reached its highest level since 2015, figures have shown.

The national vacancy rate was 10.3% in July, the highest since January 2015, according to the BRC (British Retail Consortium)-Springboard footfall and vacancies monitor. Footfall also fell by 1.9% last month, marking the worst decline for July since 2012.

Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the BRC, said retailers had faced a “challenging environment”. “High streets and town centres play an important part in our local communities, and we should be concerned by the rise in empty store fronts,” she said.

One in 10 shops now empty as number reaches four-year high

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Here’s the full report:

   
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