Three hundred former Woolworths stores remain empty more than 18 months after the chain’s collapse.

The figure represents around 40% of the defunct chain’s estate at the time of its administration in January 2008.

Nearly a quarter of the former stores are now occupied by discounters and single-price retailers, according to figures from the Local Data Company. Iceland has picked up more of the sites than any other retailer, with 60, ahead of 99p Stores, B&M Bargains and Poundland.

“A significant number, for whatever reason, have not been reoccupied – some in centres that you would least expect, such as Cirencester,” said Matthew Hopkinson of the Local Data Company.

The company claimed 20% of the stores might never be occupied again,

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