A former independent businessman has photographed the sorry state of Newport’s town centre, revealing more than 40 shops are now sitting empty.
With shoppers turning to websites like Amazon for their daily essentials and gifts, it is no surprise that the High Street has taken a turn for the worse – especially with this year’s coronavirus pandemic.
Roger Sanders, who used to run Sanders Sports, took a walk around Newport recently and took photographs of all the empty stores, including the former HMV, Poundstretcher, Phones 4 U and Pizza Express premises.
Although there are schemes and funding in place to regenerate the town, ultimately a reduction in parking costs and improvements to traffic flow are needed to entice shoppers back into the county town.
Here are just some of the empty shops that can be seen in Newport…