Thanks for your reply. I totally agree with you about having real sympathy for the owner. They can't compete. And Hackbridge probably doesn't need five convenience shops!
But the application divides the existing shop into two, keeping a smaller convenience store and adding a fried chicken takeaway. I'm just concerned that neither will survive against the competition...or they'll put each other out of business.
I don't have any easy solutions. Convert the whole store into a local restaurant? Would people go? What about a proper grocery selling stuff from Sutton Community Farm? Would people use it? Just some ideas - it'll be interesting to see what happens.
Joe (the other one!)
would be great to have a bakery or a coffee shop like the roast and ground in Carshalton village