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.
5. Former pub
The former Vault pub in Whitby Street has a guide price of £100,000-£110,000 and has the potential for two separate businesses according to the agents.
6. 145 Elwick Road
The former Watsons greengrocers comprising ground floor retail unit and accommodation above is listed on zoopla.co.uk for £85,000.
7. Headland corner shop
This large shop with four bedroom flat above on the Headland is listed online for sale for £95,000 and is said to be a good investment opportunity.
8. Unit 23 Park View Road West, Park View Industrial Estate
The former Mister Twisters children's soft play centre has been vacant since November 2018. It is listed as a distribution warehouse for sale with price on application.