Avoiding   when reading values from a GridviewCell?

I have a Gridview and I am currently doing:

For Each row As GridViewRow In GridView1.Rows
...
row.Cells(3).Text
...

But because Cells(3) is empty in the gridview, it's giving me back   when I try and build up a unique string using the values from the Gridview.

Is there anyway to avoid this and simply get back an empty string?

[Edit]
I've just put in a .Remove on the string which works but it's a bit awkward, and avoiding the problem would be a far better solution.
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