Tesco bought a vacant factory plot at St Saviour's, Ottery St Mary. Residents and the town's Chamber of Commerce, are concerned that a supermarket will "drain the resources of the town". Ottery is a vibrant market town with many independent traders. A group "Sustainable Ottery" was set up to oppose the plans. Over 150 people attended a public meeting organised by the group on 9th January 2009. Please see an article in devon24.co.uk, 12th January 2009 for coverage of the meeting.