The small market town of Leominster in Herefordshire (pop 11,000) is beset by plans for 2 edge-of-town supermarkets : a Sainsbury's store of 50,000 square feet and another Class A1 food store (brand as yet unknown) of 45,000 square feet being pursued by the developer Morbaine.
Leominster already has two medium-sized town centre superstores - Co-op and Aldi and a large out-of-town Morrisons. The latter opened as a Safeway in 1991 and hit the town centre very badly, with a number of shops closing. Shopkeepers are worried that they are now facing the 'final blow.' The town centre has just lost its last free public car park - charges have been introduced by the county council. The new stores, if built, will be offering hundreds of free car parking spaces - 500 in the case of Sainsburys.
A group of town & rural residents who value their market town and its range of shops and services have banded together to form 'The Friends of Leominster' to speak up for the town centre, its trade and tourism.