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Scotland’s high streets in crisis: 9 pictures showing the decline of town centres

It’s no secret the high street is suffering. From cities to small towns, Scotland’s urban centres have been rocked by waves of store closures and a rise in long-term vacant units.

Some of the biggest names in retail have vanished and banks are no longer a fixture of every shopping centre. Politicians and business leaders appear powerless to prevent the changes brought about by changing lifestyles and the rise in online shopping. In 2017, Scotland recorded the biggest reduction in the number of occupied high street units of anywhere in the UK.

Woolworth's was one of the UK's most famous retail brands. But all 807 stores, including this example in Stockbridge, Edinburgh, were closed in January 2009. The company was among the first of the 'big names' to vanish

1. Woolworth's bites the dust

Woolworth's was one of the UK's most famous retail brands. But all 807 stores, including this example in Stockbridge, Edinburgh, were closed in January 2009. The company was among the first of the 'big names' to vanish
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One in eight high street shop premises lay vacant last month, the latest retail figures show.

2. Decline of the burger chains

One in eight high street shop premises lay vacant last month, the latest retail figures show.
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Banks were once a staple of every high street. Royal Bank of Scotland has announced the closure of more than 200 branches in recent years. Among the first to go was the branch in Bonnybridge in 2014, despite local protests

3. A nation of vanished banks

Banks were once a staple of every high street. Royal Bank of Scotland has announced the closure of more than 200 branches in recent years. Among the first to go was the branch in Bonnybridge in 2014, despite local protests
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Tesco was once the darling of the UK retail sector.  But by 2015 it was in retreat with numerous store closures announced, including one in Kirkcaldy which prompted public protests

4. Tesco turns away from store openings

Tesco was once the darling of the UK retail sector. But by 2015 it was in retreat with numerous store closures announced, including one in Kirkcaldy which prompted public protests
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