'I support the local businesses 100 per cent'
"I work in an independent business in Bath, so I know how much of a struggle it is to compete with larger businesses and how hard it is to make sure we make a profit, or break even.
"It's especially hard on local businesses with developments like SouthGate, because chain businesses can offer much cheaper prices. I am pro independents; everything from them is much more original and unique"
Charlotte Webb, 27, beautician from Bath.
"I support the local businesses 100 per cent; it may be that they are more expensive but their goods are often far better quality and more original.
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"I frequently shop in the London Road grocers. It's local to me and has been there forever."
David Smithe, 47, accountant from Bath.
"I'm pro-independent shops in Bath as they are such a quirky part of the city.
"However, I rarely shop in them unless it's to buy milk or the paper. Chains tend to be far cheaper, unless it's restaurants. Bath has lots of nice local restaurants."
Roger While, 36, Batheaston.
"I think the idea of local, independent businesses is nice, but in reality they are much more expensive and no one can really afford to shop in them in the recession.
"I am pro-them but it makes more sense to shop in cheaper places, like Asda or Tesco.
"It's a shame that the Tesco on Lower Bristol Road didn't get planning permission."
Karen Peterson, 57, an Oxfam volunteer from Odd Down