Wimbledon Shop Vacancy Rate Outperforms London Average

New figures reveal the encouraging lack of empty shops

The number of empty shops in Wimbledon town centre is lower than the national average, according to new figures.

In 2014, the town centre had shop vacancy rates of 6.97% -  just under half the national average and better than the London average of 8.3%.

The Local Data Company, who released the data on March 16, said that nationally 987 high street shops disappeared from UK high streets in 2014, the types of shops that were worst affected included women's clothing and mobile phones. 

London is still bucking the trend and Wimbledon proves it is a strong performer at the moment especially compared to the average UK vacancy rate of 13.3% in the second half of last year.

Helen Clark Bell, BID Manager said: "Retail is changing, but our town centre has risen to the challenge, embracing click and collect in many businesses and Doddle a dedicated service.

"Wimbledon's shops continue to improve with both new retail and leisure shop front activity welcoming Patisserie Valerie and Made in Italy just recently - so you can shop, eat, go to the gym, get to look good and socialise in our vibrant town."

March 15, 2015