Concerns have been raised over the number of shops which have closed down in the city’s West End.
In the space of four months, businesses in Perth Road (above), including an Indian restaurant, fishmongers, a bank, a hair salon and a Chinese restaurant, have all shut down.
It comes amid a spate of closures in the city’s Reform Street, which sparked efforts to inject new life into vacant business premises.
Resident Jennifer Gaffney, 72, who has lived in the West End for six years, has noticed a steep decline in the area.
She said: “When I first moved up here, every unit was filled and there was a lot more ‘hustle and bustle’.
“The biggest issue for me is banks leaving the area.
“I was also disappointed to see the fish shop go so soon. It is a concern that there are so many units empty.”
Kirsty Walls, 28, who has lived in the West End for 10 years, said she has been left surprised by the lack of interest in the shops.
She said: “I would have expected these empty units to be snapped up straight away.
“There certainly doesn’t seem to be the same footfall as there used to be.
“I’ve no idea what the solution is but I remember a time when you had to fight to get down the street.”
Hairdressing salon Pelo, owned by business partners Sarah Lindsey, 33, and Karen Smith, 45, has been in Perth Road for a year.
Sarah said: “To be honest, I’m not concerned. I’m more excited to see what will come in and fill these premises.
“I think if you brand a business correctly you could make it work on the Perth Road. I was surprised to see Gregg’s close but I am confident that, with the recent regeneration work being undertaken in Dundee, this will only be a blip.”
A Dundee City Council spokesman said the council closely monitors the circumstances of district shopping centres across Dundee, including Perth Road.
He added: “We try to support centres through a range of planning policies and the council has recently consulted on a key theme of these called ‘Putting Our City Centre and District Centres First’.
“To help district centres, we could look at ways of allowing more than just retail use of former shop premises.
“There are also restrictions applied to the range of goods that can be sold in retail parks in an effort to protect local shopping centres.
“The council works closely with its partners in local areas to try to encourage opportunities.
“The West End Community Council and the West End Local Community Planning Partnership have been involved in a review of planning policies.”