From start-up space to art galleries: Four inventive examples of filling empty shops

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With the number of high street vacancies soaring, Retail Week looks at the interesting tactics some landlords have used to fill empty units.

The latest figures from BRC and Springboard’s Footfall and Vacancies Monitor showed that the number of empty shops was at its highest level since 2015.

This is bad news. Not only do empty shops affect the aesthetic of a town - with boarded up windows and broken signs – it has a knock-on effect on footfall. Fewer shops means fewer people which makes an area less attractive for prospective - and existing - tenants, and the vicious circle starts over.

Retail Week shines a spotlight on how landlords have thought differently to fill empty shops.

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