Exeter, a city in the United Kingdom, is facing a crisis as it struggles with almost 30 empty and abandoned buildings previously occupied by popular businesses.
The rise of online shopping, the aftermath of the pandemic, and the ongoing cost of living crisis have all contributed to the decline of the food and retail industries in the city.
Many of Exeter’s long-standing businesses, including independent and chain shops, restaurants, and cafes, have closed their doors due to these pressures.
Some of these units have remained empty for over a year, including the Argos in the Guildhall Shopping Centre, which closed in 2020 and has yet to be filled.
The former Great Reads and Mountain Warehouse stores, which have also been empty for some time, were set to become student flats, though it is still being determined if these plans will go ahead.
The Hidden Treasure Tea Room, Shoe retailer Office, 93 Pizzeria, and Cocktail Bar have also closed, and their units remain empty.
The crisis in Exeter highlights the challenges facing the retail industry as a whole.