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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.

Marks & Spencer has been a fixture in Scottish town centres for decades. But the company plans to close 100 branches by 2022 - with stores in Falkirk, pictured, among those to be axed

5. M&S downsizes

Marks & Spencer has been a fixture in Scottish town centres for decades. But the company plans to close 100 branches by 2022 - with stores in Falkirk, pictured, among those to be axed
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An empty store in Hawick High Street. Scotland recorded the biggest reduction in the number of occupied high street units of anywhere in the UK in 2017

6. More and more empty shops

An empty store in Hawick High Street. Scotland recorded the biggest reduction in the number of occupied high street units of anywhere in the UK in 2017
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Some shops have lain empty so long they now appear vintage. The Isle of Bute Trust wants to tackle the problem of empty and unattractive shop-fronts in Rothesay.

7. Long-term empty units

Some shops have lain empty so long they now appear vintage. The Isle of Bute Trust wants to tackle the problem of empty and unattractive shop-fronts in Rothesay.
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BHS is among the big names of UK retail to vanish from our high streets. The Kirkcaldy high street branch closed in July 2016, despite protests from staff

8. BHS shuts up shop

BHS is among the big names of UK retail to vanish from our high streets. The Kirkcaldy high street branch closed in July 2016, despite protests from staff
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