A national coffee chain which plans to open a branch in a Derbyshire town says it is “not a threat” to local traders.
A fight to keep Costa Coffee out of Bakewell has brought rival businesses together.
About 6,000 people have signed a petition against it. Costa pulled out of plans to open a branch in Totnes, Devon after a 5,000-strong petition.
A branch in Bingham, Nottinghamshire was recently given the go ahead despite over 2,000 signatories against it.
The Costa Coffee chain, part of Whitbread which also owns Beefeater, Brewers Fayre and Premier Inn, wants to open a shop in an empty Victorian building in King Street.
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