At the end of November 2008 Tesco revealed plans to build a store on a former garage site it owns in Holmfirth.
A public meeting, organised by the Holme Valley Business Association, was held in December and an action group, " Keep Holmfirth Special", was formed to oppose the plans. For further information please see an article in the Huddersfield Daily Examiner, 29th December 2008 and the Huddersfield Daily Examiner, 10th April 2009.
Following a new application from Tesco traders boarded up their windows, saying the future could resemble a “ghost town” if Tesco is allowed to build an out-of-town supermarket. For more information please see " Last of the Summer Wine town fears Tesco will ruin its charm", the Guardian, 27th June 2009 and "Summer Wine town fights Tesco", the Yorkshire Post, 1st July 2009.