The latest survey of vacant shop units throughout Hove and Portslade has shown one of the best results for decades with only a handful of empty premises in each street.
Top of the street success stories comes Portslade’s Station Road and Boundary Road with just two empty units out of 153 businesses giving an incredibly low vacancy rate of just 1.3%.
The next success story is Hove’s popular George Street with just two empty units out of a total of 86 while adjacent Blatchington Road also has just two vacancies out of 78 shops giving vacancies of only 2.3% and 2.6% respectively. Close behind is Church Road where there are 181 units and just five currently vacant. Western Road, Hove has four empty units out of 107 shops.
Bucking the trend in this survey is Portland Road which has seen eleven vacancies increase by four to 15 out of 171 premises making for a vacancy rate of 8.8%.
The overall vacancy rate is just 3.9% for Hove and Portslade making it one of the most successful shopping areas in the UK at the present time. UK vacancy rates are averaging 11.5% and Brighton City Centre is showing in excess of 8%.
Among the new kids on the block and opening new businesses are Natures Magic, Boundary Mini-stores and Sussex Armoury in Boundary Road; Chameleon Thai Restaurant, Istanbul Café and E Local Store in Western Road; Brighton Locksmiths, Pamper Foods, Prestige Cycles and Revival in George Street and Cook and Small Batch in Church Road.
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