The number of empty store locations is increasing in Poole’s high street as shops are closing quicker than they are being replaced.
The high street, which is a central shopping hub for the community, has seen many of its stores close down over the previous months.
It’s a real shame to be honest”
“I would have thought that there would have been a lot more to choose from, since this place is quite well known as a popular tourist destination” said Jordan Macey, a Poole local who is new to the area.
Many of the store locations have become empty, reducing the range of stores on offer to the public which may deter shoppers and result in even more closures.
The closure of local high street shops is an increasing occurrence throughout the whole of the U.K, as the way in which people shop has changed.
A survey created by PwC found that more shops had closed throughout the U.K’s high streets than had been opened last year at a rate of 16 per day, resulting in a growing number of empty locations throughout the country.
“I think people find it more convenient to buy online nowadays, you can just buy what you want from eBay or something without having to go anywhere” said Mr Macey.
Competition from supermarkets is also a factor causing the closure of Poole’s local stores, with a large Asda, Sainsbury’s and Aldi placed so closely to the town centre.