High Street Heroes

All this week we're taking a closer look at our regions high streets. With the growing threat of internet shopping, out-of-town retail parks and multi-national chains many high streets are struggling to survive.

In 2013, 33% of retailers said their profits were going down, while the average number of empty shops on the nation's high streets has risen to 14%.

But while the national picture appears gloomy there are some shining examples from our region of shops and towns that are bucking the trend.

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Castle Douglas butchers shop celebrates a milestone in business

Four generations of the Grierson family have worked in the business Credit: Grierson Bros

A butchers shop in Castle Douglas is one of many that's thriving in the town.

Tom Grierson is the fourth generation of his family to take over the century old Grierson Bros butchers shop.

From a young age, he had no doubt of where his future would be and worked there during school holidays as a child.

"I like meeting different people,dealing with the public and just literally everything about it. It's all I've ever wanted to do."

– Tom Grierson
Castle Douglas now has about 50 local business producing food and drinks Credit: Grierson Bros

The business started from the back of old trucks and carts with Tom's great-grandfather delivering meat to the townspeople.

Nowadays customers travel from far and wide to visit the shop on King Street.

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