Carlisle's Civic Centre could be knocked down as the city council have announced plans to build a new shopping development in its place. It's just one of the proposals being put forward for consultation tomorrow by the council try to breathe new life into the area.
The improving weather has meant a boost at the tills at the Gretna Gateway Outlet Village. The stores are much busier than yesterday, where shoppers stayed away from the open air mall due to the adverse conditions.
Both the main and overflow car park have been full for much of the day and 2013 is on course to be the busiest ever year for the centre.
Shoppers in Cumbria and the south of Scotland have been braving the bad weather as they hit the Christmas sales.
New research from Begbies Traynor, an independent business recovery practice, suggests many shops need it.
It says 151 UK retailers are now facing "critical" financial problems, up 8% from the last quarter of 2012, while the number of retail businesses with "significant" financial issues rose by 15% to 15,792.
The number of shops in each sector experiencing "significant" distress has become worse in second hand stores and market stalls, followed by food, drink and tobacco retailers, electrical goods merchants and clothing and footwear retailers.
Business leaders in the Borders have held, what have been described as 'important talks' with the council after a survey showed shoppers are staying away from eight Borders towns.
There's been a 17% drop in the numbers over the last four years.
Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce says more can be done to boost local high streets.
James Aitken from SBCC told ITV Border:
'If you walk into any shop in the Borders it is an issue right across the board. That's why we are such supporters of the borders railway and broadband being improved. Business rates are a huge issue. We would ask the council to look at that again and see what help they can give. "
Bagpipes and traditional dancing outside new Debenhams in Dumfries which opened this morning. 55 jobs have been created at the store, which is in the old TJ Hughes building. It's hoped it could be good for the town centre, which has 54 empty shop units.