Fears have been raised over the number of empty units in the Accrington Arndale Centre.
Figures show a dozen units – nearly a quarter of the shopping complex - currently lie empty after the recent closures of Clintons, Fozdar Discount and Bon Marche.
Figures also show the number of empty shops in the town centre has increased by five per cent over the last two years to 20.2 per cent – nearly six per cent above the UK average.
Deputy council leader Clare Pritchard said she was ‘concerned’ about the vacancy numbers and is speaking to the centre’s new owners over ways to promote and market the centre.
She said: "As a council we are being very proactive to bring more businesses into the town and our Market Hall is currently very vibrant.
"The Arndale is not our building but it does affect our town centre which we are working so hard to improve.
"It’s a big attraction to bring people into Accrington along with our free parking. We want to find out if there’s any problems and if we can do anything to help."
Fran Finnerty, manager of Timpson shoe repairs in the Arndale Centre, said he has seen a noticeable drop in footfall over the past year since the closure of the shops.
He said: "I rely a lot on impulse buyers but if there’s not that many passing then it won’t happen.
"Since the New Year it’s just been mad and quite a few have closed down. If any more closes down I don’t know what will happen."
The Broadway shopping centre was sold in March to a confidential buyer understood to be a North American investment company.
Managing agents Lee Baron Commercial Ltd said nine of the units are ‘vacant’ while three other businesses have stopped trading despite still have time to run on their leases.
Figures show there are now three more empty units in the centre compared to 12 months ago.
A spokesman said two lettings agents are ‘actively marketing’ the units to both local and national retailers and meetings are taking place with the council over ways of promoting the centre.
He said: "There are a fair amount of units currently unoccupied. In some cases it is due to the historic 25-year leases coming to an end and a number of those tenants are not renewing.
"We are in discussions with a number of tenants who are looking to renew but there are some like Bon Marche who have gone into administration.
"That’s a global problem and not related to the Arndale."
Mike Damms, chief executive of East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce based in Accrington, said empty shops need to be filled to prevent people travelling to other shopping venues.