With nearly one in seven British shops standing empty many towns are getting advice on how to change the trend. A Cumbrian based retail guru has been busy doing just that.
Having already visited Annan and Dumfries he has turned his attention to Stranraer. The town's port moved to Cairnryan last year and some of the townspeople think this, coupled with the recession, has led to a decrease in trade for the town's shops.
Andy Burns met up with the 'Shop Doctor' as he gave his diagnosis:
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