And where there used to be some shops...

boarded up shops

There are fewer empty shops on the UK’s high streets, according to some new data.

The Local Data Company, which monitors more than 2,000 town and shopping centres and retail parks, said average vacancy rates were below 14% for the first time in four years. However, there are still more than 50,000 empty shops in town centres.

At its peak in 2012, vacancy rates were 14.6%, compared with 13.9% in December 2013. It could be down to those seasonal affairs that pop up selling tinsel-based tat, but the majority of the vacancies are being filled by food and leisure businesses.

There are also some regional variations in their findings, showing that vacancy rates in the North West, North East and East of England have all increased in the past 12 months. With the North West being the worst hit, with 17% of shops currently empty.

It’s said to be due – in a no shit Sherlock manner – to the prominence of out-of-town shopping experiences and retail parks.




  • andy y.
    How did Mof Gimmers make editor? World's fastest cut and paste
  • Fcukofftrolley
    With less empty shops there should be more trollies.........Change the bleeding trolley!
  • barry f.
    I have noticed you collect tins of soup, how many oxtail tins do you currently have in your possession? How do you store them, by date,age or flavour etc? Why did you punch the cat? Do you go to town and shout at the carpets? Why are you barred from poundstrecher branches in UK and Ireland? Is it true Hulk Hogan lent you a blank video? Why is there a photo of you pouring icing sugar on the PC worlds goods entrance on my kitchen window? After you have answered the above questions in a timely manner I will consider meeting up with you in person and discussing late 80's early 90's british TV programmes in the great detail you demanded...e.g Howards way,lovejoy and through the keyhole. Thank you
  • Steve
    Is where the snipers sometimes hide...
  • Marking M.
    I'm not posting any more until they change the Trolley. I'm waiting....................................................................................
  • james d.
    he added a "no shit sherlock"

What do you think?

Your comment