But there are still lots of premises in Hartlepool available for enterprising individuals and companies looking for a new venture or location move.
Here are 13 commercial properties currently listed for sale on property websites.
All listings are correct as of the time of writing.
1. Former car store, Brenda Road
The land on which this now empty car showroom stands is advertised on rightmove.co.uk for £900,000.
2. 24 Church Street
This retail unit is listed for sale for £120,000.
3. 3 bedroom Headland pub
This premises is listed for sale freehold for £135,000 on rightmove.co.uk. The listing says the current owner bought the business in 2014 and it is now being offered for sale so that they can enjoy a well earned retirement.
4. York Road property
The current Saffron Express is listed online for sale for £95,000.