THE number of empty shops in Henley remains low despite the recession, according to an official report.
The annual South Oxfordshire Retail Vacancy Survey, published this week, found only 17 of the town’s 268 shop units were empty.
This is just over six per cent of the town’s retail space and less than half this year’s national average of 13.9 per cent.
At least five new shops have opened since the research was carried out in January and several have moved into units that were empty at the time.
This means the true figure is below five per cent, about the same as last year and in 2012 but considerably lower than in 2009.