We can’t have new businesses without losing old ones, except without expansion. The overall number of businesses is very similar in 2021 and 2011. 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 in amenities and employment in the town and its prominent building on Athol Place is vacant and sad looking. Lloyds Bank has left now too (though not photographed as it has been replaced by residential dwellings).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 over the last decades. In other cases business activity has been replaced rather than lost, like in the case of the loss of an independent butcher’s for a new one on Michael Street.
The photos below are only the premises remaining vacant at the time of the survey.