Upmarket stores are supported

While most Dales traders feel their town’s had enough supermarkets, a desire for higher quality brands such as Waitrose and M&S was raised in the survey..

In Bakewell 71 per cent of traders felt a new supermarket would not benefit the town.

Those that did however said a new store would need to be a higher quality brand in order to support the town’s ethos.

Traders also supported local farmers’ markets and in Bakewell the tourism market was cited as the biggest advantage to the town.

Peak Village at Rowsley, McArthur Glen Designer Outlet and competition from other shopping outlets – particularly where there is free parking – was also seen as having a negative impact on Bakewell traders.

In Ashbourne, 78 per cent of traders said the level of supermarket provision in the town was right.

Conversely almost four fifths of business bosses who said they had been affected by the arrival of Waitrose felt the impact had been positive and almost three quarters were unaffected by the arrival of the store.

In Matlock some traders mentioned Peak Village at Rowsley and the expanded Tesco at Chesterfield but the impact of these was not felt to be particularly significant.

Most businesses in Wirksworth said they had not been affected by other retail developments but six traders mentioned supermarkets outside the borough and the Westfield Shooping Centre in Derby.

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