Shopping destinations in Newcastle, Glasgow, Birmingham, London and Liverpool have been named among the worst-quality retail locations in Britain.

For the second straight year, Newcastle upon Tyne’s Shields Road in Byker propped up the Harper Dennis Hobbs’ Vitality Index 2019, which measured the health of 1,000 retail centres around the UK.

Rank LocationScoreChange since 2017No. of stores
1000 Newcastle upon Tyne - Byker Shields 581 0 177
999 Stretford 594 -1 90
998 Kirkby 594 -5 94
997 Harrow Road 597 2 180
996 Tonypandy 598 1 143
995 Liverpool - Walton Road 598 1 235
994 Gateshead 607 0 132
993 Renfrew 612 -3 128
992 Burnt Oak 612 3 244
991 Annan 613 -2 125
990 Cowdenbeath 616 -4 115
989 Brownhills 616 -1 110
988 Forest Gate 617 -5 247
987 Glasgow - Shettleston Road 618 4 164
986 Mexborough 618 1 152
985 Leyton 620 0 226
984 Prescot 621 -11 146
983 Skelmersdale 621 -3 124
982 Ellesmere Port 622 -1 174
981 Portslade 623 3 161
980 Gants Hill 627 2 159
979 Aldershot 627 0 278
978 Birmingham - Selly Oak 628 14 150
977 Wednesbury 628 0 173
976 Huyton 630 -7 114
975 Watney Market 631 3 255
974 Birmingham - Cotteridge 631 0 105
973 Norbury 632 3 169
972 Edinburgh - Leith 632 3 467
971 Walkden 633 1 111
970 Liverpool - Prescot Road 633 -4 125
969 Chelmsley Wood 634 1 73
968 Archway 635 -1 156
967 Swinton 635 -11 99
966 Harlesden 637 2 297
965 Rotherham 637 -3 309
964 Wigston 637 -4 150
963 Girvan 637 1 127
962 Fleetwood 637 -11 199
961 Wishaw 638 -8 219
960 Acton 638 5 255
959 Larkhall 638 -7 139
958 Cardiff - Cowbridge Road East 639 5 209
957 Fraserburgh 639 14 187
956 Walworth Road 639 3 274
955 Mitcham 639 0 156
954 Rhyl 639 4 316
953 Evesham 641 1 307
952 Ebbw Vale 641 -6 141
951 Goodmayes 641 -1 133

The index scored Byker Shields just 581 points out of a possible 1,000 – although this was a marked 42-point improvement on its showing last year.

The index sets out to measure the quality of retail locations by assessing shop vacancy rates, suitability for local community needs and the proportion of “undesirable” fascias, such as betting shops.

The second-worst retail area in the UK was found to be Stretford in Greater Manchester, while the third-worst was Kirkby on Merseyside.

Birmingham’s Selly Oak and Cotteridge regions finished 978th and 974th respectively, while Edinburgh’s Leith (972nd), Glasgow’s Shettleston Road (987th) and Liverpool’s Walton Road (995th) all finished in the lower echelons of the list.

Despite dominating the top 10 list of most vibrant retail locations, London was not exempt from appearing down in the lower reaches either. Forest Gate in the capital’s east finished 988th, while Archway in the city’s north came in 968th and Mitcham in the southwest finished 955th.

The biggest faller in the list was shared by Fleetwood and Swinton, which both fell 11 spots to 962nd and 967th respectively.

Speaking about the index, head of retail consultancy at Harper Dennis Hobbs Jonathan De Mello said: “The Vitality Ranking is a unique approach to assessing retail centres. By scoring centres based upon a number of aspects that both retailers and shoppers think of when they consider a quality retail environment, HDH provide a different perspective to rankings based solely on size or total sales.”

Data: The 50 most vibrant retail locations in the UK