Although vacancy rates across the country have actually decreased because food and drink shops are filling the gaps in the shops, vacancy in the major centers is increasing.

Since the beginning of this year, the vacancy rate in the seventeen largest centers has risen from 7.9 percent to 8.3 percent, market researcher Locatus (pdf) reported on Thursday.

"Before corona, these were the centers that did relatively well, but the increase in online purchases, avoiding crowded places and the absence of international tourists is now felt the most here," Locatus indicates the figures.

Nationally, six hundred fewer buildings are now empty than at the beginning of this year.

That is not to say that not many shops have closed their doors, that is often the case.

But those buildings are being taken over by, for example, specialty food and drink stores, which have been doing well since the corona crisis.

"Do-it-yourself and furniture stores also do good business."

This is also reflected in the furniture boulevards, which were increasingly faced with vacancy before corona.

The vacancy rate there has now fallen from 6.7 percent at the beginning of this year to 6.3 percent now.

According to Locatus, the better occupation of the furniture boulevards and the emergence of more shops for food and drink are the main reasons why the average vacancy rate is falling.

Shops that become vacant are also converted into homes or offices.