We counted the number of empty shops in Bournemouth town center following high profile shop closures

Shopping streets across the country have suffered in recent years, with stores moving online and pandemic closures forcing people to stay local.

However, some have seen a particularly steep decline in stores, with many storefronts remaining empty for years.

As Dorset’s largest town, Bournemouth was the county’s commercial capital for decades. Not only did the town have a wide range of department stores, including the Dorset Beales brand, but it also had a range of chain clothing brands, travel agents and high street banks.

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However, recent months have seen the closure of retail giants H&M and New Look and the upcoming closure of House of Fraser. Marks & Spencer, Debenhams and Beales have already left the city centre.

Here is a definitive list of Bournemouth’s 35 empty storefronts, taken from the shopping areas of Commercial Road, Old Christchurch Road, The Triangle and Post Office Road.

We summarized what was there and how long they have been closed.

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