A shop owner urged the authorities to “think outside the box” in attracting trade to Perth city centre as his business closed following seven years of trading.
Gordon Meikle has run baby Bears in St John Street since 2010 but will close due to competition from the internet and a perceived lack of investment in the city centre.
He said: “I feel the council need to realise the number of empty shops in Perth High Street and start thinking outside the box.
“There are so many empty units in Perth and a city that was once famed for its independent shops is forcing them all to close.”
A spokesperson for Perth and Kinross Council said: “City centres are now as much about social activity as retail. That is why we (are) committed to looking at new and innovative ways to encourage people to come into the city, to make it a more appealing place to live, visit, work and invest.”