Union Street: Empty stores on the rise in Aberdeen city centre

Almost a fifth of prime retail space in what was once Aberdeen's flagship shopping street is now empty.

Union Street runs through the heart of the Granite City and was once its main retail hub.

It has about 190 street level business spaces. In 2017, BBC Scotland research identified that 24 were not in use or were closing down.

That fell to 17 the following year - but a fresh study has found that the figure now stands at 36.

Like many other high streets in Scotland, shops are closing and units are lying empty.

Union Street already faced stiff competition from the nearby Union Square complex, which opened in 2009 and is home to big-name shops, restaurants, and a cinema.

Now the coronavirus pandemic has added to the challenges.

Last week, new research suggested deserted High Streets and home working were stifling the job market's recovery.

The Centre for Cities (CfC) think tank said Aberdeen had recorded the steepest fall in job vacancies in the UK. At the beginning of October, they were 75% down on the same time last year.

In both 2017 and 2018, BBC Scotland counted the number of stores along the length of Union Street which were either empty or closing down.

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