Sometimes businesses come up for sale due to the owners retiring, or deciding to do something else..... not necessarily because the business is failing. I would have thought that some of the businesses mentioned are profitable, and will sell as going concerns.
I remember an old lady telling me that she used to work in the hat shop in Totland as a girl... there were more than twenty shops there then. That was when getting to Newport to do some shopping would be a rare event, and supermarkets were just a bad dream I guess. How many shops can a town the size of Ventnor support these days? Less than there are I suspect, if locals keep using shops elsewhere. I wonder what we can do to promote our local shops and businesses to the locals?
Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.