We can’t have new businesses without losing old ones, although there has been a little expansion. Many of the businesses that have closed now have new activity in place, but others have left behind vacant premises for the moment. Isle of Man Bank is a big loss of amenity and employment in the town and its prominent building on Athol Place is vacant and sad looking (except for being lit up for Christmas this year!). Lloyds Bank has gone too (though not photographed as it has been replaced by residential dwellings). Although more hidden away from view, the loss of the Corrin Home is also widely felt in the town, having been an important feature in the lives of many since 1956. In other cases business activity has been replaced rather than lost, for example a new independent butcher’s on Michael Street replacing City Butchers on Douglas Street.
The photos below are only the ones remaining vacant at the time of the survey.