In October 2010 Sainsbury's submitted an application for a store on the Halifax Road. A total of 3,450 people, approximately a quarter of the town's population, signed a petition against the store.
In August 2011 planning officers recommended the planning committee approve the application. But on 10th August Calderdale Council’s planning committee refused to grant permission because of concerns about the impact another supermarket would have on existing town centre shops and businesses in Todmorden.
The developers appealed but then Sainsbury's withdrew from the appeal.
Asda then stepped in to become the new end-user and continued the appeal which ended in November 2012 when the Planning Inspector ruled against the plans.
A campaign group "Stop Netto - Save Todmorden" was set up to oppose Netto's plans to open a store in the former Olympic cinema building in Todmorden. Asda paid £700,000 for the Abraham Ormerod Centre for use as a 72-space car park. In January 2011 Netto submitted a new application. On 17th March Calderdale Council planning committee approved the Netto plans.
In July Asda told a planning inquiry that they have abandoned plans to build a store near Todmorden Market. Instead, they are going all out to redevelop a controversial site in Rochdale Road, which is at the edge of the town centre and which Sainsbury’s had been interested in.