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:
More top news
The family of a Cumbrian who suffered a botched blood transfusion are furious there was no reference to compensation in the Spending Review.
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is calling on householders across the south of Scotland to be aware of the danger of candle fires.
Do you know what's been happening in Cumbria and the south of Scotland over the past seven days? Test yourself in our weekly news quiz.