It seems to me that the reason Spar have come to Bridport is probably the same reason Costa did – a small, busy town, with plenty of local businesses. We have an already proven market so they move in, and by the power of familiarity, draw all and sundry to them rather than the smaller businesses. It won’t be the people who genuinely treasure Bridport’s foodie culture, or diverse local shops that will patronise this new kid on the block, but the much larger majority of ‘ordinary’ folk, and of course the tourists.

On a positive note I agree that a full shop is better than an empty one; it’s just a shame that it has to be a huge chain replacing a huge chain; but at the price they were asking for the building, and the work that needed doing, with banks no longer taking risks on the small guys, it was always going to be thus.