Who knows, all these trips secured within Marple might actually be beneifical to some of the local shops. Again speaking personally, I could see myself using Marple town centre more if I could combine a specialist shop with a supermarket shop,
I went shopping in Stockport this morning. As usual, I parked at Sainsbury's (but you can also do this at Asda, of course), went in and picked up a few fruit and veg and a loaf to get my £1 refunded, and then strolled off to Comet, Argos, Marks and Sparks and the market to do the rest of my shopping.
That's what we can expect when Asda comes to Marple - a proportion of Asda shoppers will use the opportunity to visit other local shops while they are here. This increased footfall should provide a major boost to most local businesses. Of course, there will be winners and losers. The chief losers will be the Co-op, Iceland, Boots and Superdrug. But they are big national chains who we don't need to shed many tears for, do we!
On the other hand, the winners will outnumber those, and they will also be the small local businesses. In Market Street I'm thinking of the hairdressers, the two jewellers, the picture framer, Alan's Paints, Harmony Decor, Crafty Ladies, Sew In, Helen Winterson, Bare Necessities, the opticians, the charity shops, Paul Howard, also Harrods car spares, and the tanning salon and the chippy in Derby Way - all the many businesses where Asda won't directly compete. Why some of these are displaying a 'No' poster mystifies me!
The other likely effect should be a shift in Marple's 'centre of gravity' away from the Co-op/Hollins area, and towards the south (Church Lane) end of Market Street, because it will be only a short walk from the Asda car park.