Dave i think the comparison of walking around the Coop to get a tin of beans compared to undertaking a mini marathon in a ASDA size supermarket is a little different don't you. I can not speak on behalf of anyone else but when I have shopped at a large supermarket and walked round and round and fell foul to their marketing ploy which is to get us to buy more than we really want/need I just want to get home. I wouldn't think. Oh I won't get my pound of tripe, two tomatoes , or a crusty cob here, I will walk over and support and purchase it from my local shops. Dave my friend you are deluded or retired, because when I go to a large supermarket I go after work when all local shops are closed and parking is at a premium
Research on supermarkets, however, will till you that their maximum demand period is Saturday & Sundays. I know this, because its the time periods highways consultants are always requested to assess when looking at a new store. Its also when I shop. I'm not retired, but I do have kids and the last thing I want to do after a hard days work, with needing to put the kids to bed, is to go to a supermarket for a 'big shop'.
I really do think Dave has a point. I've just been to Tesco's for my main food shopping this week as I can't do a full shop at the Coop. But I have just wasted circa 50 minutes driving there and back. If I could use a local supermarket in Marple Town Centre, I would also use the other shops and probably re-use my lost 50 minutes for a coffee / bun, etc. I know I would.
I'm not going to speak for the rest of Marple, but for me a local supermarket would lead me to use Marple Centre more often. Thats no reason for me to support a supermarket scheme, but it is a reason for me to currently remain unconvinced that a store would definitely wipe out the other Marple shops.