Campaigners celebrated when the Department for Communities and Local Government refused plans for an Asda superstore. The Asda store would have been built on the site of Worthing College, with the chain in return funding a new building for the college on nearby playing fields. Campaigners believed the store would create traffic problems, and have a negative impact on local shops. The Inspector conducting the Inquiry into the plans agreed with that there was not enough need for the store and that it would dominate local shops.
In December 2010 Tesco announced plans to bring its ninth store to Worthing and submitted a planning application to transform the former Caffyns car showroom in Goring Road. At the end of March 2011 Councillors “reluctantly” approved the plans. Local residents had submitted a 1,712-name petition against the proposed Tesco Express but the planning committee said it did not have any reasons to refuse the application.