THE owner of a local bakery in Kimberley is worried her business will go under after hearing Greggs is moving in just three doors down.
Tracey Cassidy has run Cassidy’s bakers in Greens Lane precinct for 16 years and is afraid she will not be able to keep up with the competition.
In a bid to compete with Greggs Ms Cassidy has decided to expand her meat range and start selling fruit and vegetables.
“We’ve had to expand in different ways here to keep people coming in,” she said.
“It’s going to hit us big time.
“We won’t be able to undercut Greggs because it’s too cheap. We will just have to hope that people stay loyal.”
And Ms Cassidy said it was not the first time a big company has moved in doors away from local competition.
Last year The Card Factory moved in to the precinct just four doors down from local card shop, Paper Kisses.
Ms Cassidy said it seemed like they were ‘trying to push local traders out’.
“It’s like they are trying to bring the big names in and force out the little businesses and local traders,” she said.
One of the women who works at Cassidys said she was worried about not being able to find another job if she were to be made redundant.
“I’m 57. I don’t know what I would do. I don’t think I would have much chance in today’s day and age,” she said.
Greggs, due to open in March, will be moving into the building currently occupied by Rainbow Cleaners, which is moving to Eastwood.
A spokesman for the company said: “Greggs recognises that some local businesses may have understandable concerns, but having had an interest in Kimberley for some time, we believe there to be sufficient demand for Greggs in the town to operate alongside existing traders.
“We never deliberately target individual or small businesses and there are many locations across the UK where we trade alongside other bakers.
“We believe that a mix of local, independent, regional and national bakeries are good for the baking industry as a whole, as well as the consumer.”