Most of these seem to be on the market for about £8.50 a square foot or about £85 per square metre per year, although I would have thought that they could be rented for much less, my guess would be around £5 per square foot, which would mean the rental for a fairly substantial shop, something around the size of my bookshop would be around £100 per week. All in the ballpark of a lot less that than the same area would cost to rent if it was residential accommodation. This is a reflection of the times, wind back the clock about fifteen or twenty years when there wasn’t so much out of town shopping and the rentals here were probably in the £20 per square foot ballpark with residential property rents being much less.
The issue is more complicated as there is small business rates relief on the first business property you own or rent, but this wouldn’t apply to a second business. There are exact figures but the amount of business rates you actually pay are about half the rateable value.
Very much a case of watch this space http://www.theoldkentmarket.com/
and here are a few of the rest of the pictures