Scottish Retail Consortium comparing its 2021 figures to those of 2019 as a result of Covid-19’s impact on the industry.
Despite shoppers' return to the high street, compared with April 2019 numbers remain less than half.
One in six Scottish shop premises now lies empty, according to Scottish Retail Consortium.
The Scottish Retail Consortium and the union Usdaw have come together to make the appeal ahead of shops reopening.
Scottish Retail Consortium figures show vacancy rate increased from 0.4% to 14.4% in fourth quarter of 2020.
The Scottish Retail Consortium highlighted plans to reopen garden centres in England and Wales.
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