Figures have been announced showing that Aberdeen’s high street has lost 16 stores over the course of one year.
Research compiled by The Local Data Company for PwC reveals the Scottish high street lost 290 retail outlets during 2017 – more than five stores a week.
The data shows in the areas of Aberdeen, Edinburgh (including Leith), Glasgow, Perth, Ayr, Dundee, Falkirk and Paisley the high street lost a net change of 148 stores.
While 24 stores opened in Aberdeen during 2017, 40 stores closed providing a net change of 16 stores.
Kevin Reynard, office senior partner for PwC in Aberdeen, said: “Aberdeen and the North-east is a vibrant place to live and work and our retailers play a significant role in our communities.
“However, it would be fair to say that the last few years have not been the easiest for them as well as other sectors in the North-east. And UK-wide issues such as the dampening impact of Brexit-related uncertainty on business investment and the squeeze on consumers are making themselves felt.
“While we’ve seen oil and gas firms working hard and innovating to ensure they are fitter for the future, it’s important that the region continues to broaden its economic reliance with other sectors such as food and drink and life sciences growing and taking some of the strain.
“With household names from All Bar One to ice-cream producer Mackie’s confirming moves into the multi-million pound Marischal Square development, here’s hoping that Aberdeen’s retail prospects are turning a corner in 2018.”
Geoff Cooper, city centre manager, said: “There’s no doubt we’re still operating in a tough economic climate which unfortunately has led to some retailers closing their city centre premises.
“It’s crucial that the people of Aberdeen support our hard-pressed city centre businesses.
“Events such as Aberdeen Restaurant Week and Nuart Aberdeen are organised to attract people to visit the area and support local business. Although there are still many challenges facing the city centre, we are in a healthier position than many other parts of the country but there is still much to do to support our businesses.”