One business owner said: “Duke Street used to be the best street in Brighton”
But, these empty stores are not exclusive to Duke Street. Recent figures show that there are currently 665 empty business units across the city.
A large number of these closures have been in the last 12 months.
Competition from internet shopping, with flash sales and direct delivery to your door is frequently criticised for diverting shoppers away from high street shopping.
However, many business owners blame raised business rates for harming their trade.
In May last year, Brighton institution Choccywoccydoodah opened its doors for the last time.
The much-loved dessert shop closed after 20 years of trading saying “a challenging trading environment, increased costs and declining margins” had forced owners to place the company into liquidation.
Following several shock closures, MP for Brighton Pavillion pledged to protect independent businesses.