I read an interesting article recently about the number of shops that are empty and unoccupied. The article suggested that the North East and North West showed the highest levels of empty shops with around one in five stores being vacant, while London and surrounding areas had the highest levels of occupancy. The figures reveal a clear divide between North and South with the North suffering on average double the number of vacant shops.
I am aware that our local town centres around West Yorkshire have a large number of empty shops. I always think it is sad to see empty stores with closed signs on the door, but I also recognise that the cost of renting a commercial property in the hope customers will come must be a scary proposition. Competing with online businesses and offering something unique can be a major challenge, but lots of people prefer to buy in a physical store and benefit from the human element of customer service that you only get in a shop.
For anyone that is brave enough to start up a shop or already has a retail business, you may be interested in our collection of doors. At Doorsan we sell a wide range of quality internal and external doors for domestic and commercial use. If you want to smarten up your shop front then a new door can help to improve the all-important first impression and get more people through the door. Potential customers are likely to make a quick decision on whether to enter your store based on your shop window and overall front, including the entrance door. We offer a wide selection of door designs, in various sizes and finishes including Oak, Hardwood and White Primed. If you have an unusual door size or specification this is not a problem as you can always call our friendly customer services team and they will help you find what you are looking for from our bespoke door range.