A CAMPAIGN group is planning a second event to boost trade in Llangollen.
The town, which is facing controversial plans for a new supermarket, was the site of a ‘cash mob’ event earlier this month.
The day was organised by Keep Llangollen Special and encouraged butchers, greengrocers and bakeries to entice locals in to spend £5 in store.
“Our first cash mob was a qualified success.” said a spokesman for the group. “It was a poor day for shopping in Llangollen, as Saturdays often are, especially when there's major football or rugby on the TV and the traders we targeted had another quiet day.
“However they had a better day than it would have been without a groundswell of support by the members and supporters of Keep Llangollen Special and the local shoppers, so we'll continue organising them. Next time we’ll select non-food retailers, one of whom has already offered a straight discount on all purchases.”
The cash mob event was held to tie in with the consultation period for a planning application for a Sainsbury’s supermarket on Llangollen’s current Dobson and Crowther site.
The multi-million pound investment would see a 20,000 square foot supermarket and car park built on Dobson and Crowther’s existing site by the town’s riverside.
The company also hopes to build a new 45,000 sq ft envelope manufacturing facility by the A5 at Cilmedw.
Sainsbury’s say the development would create 130 new jobs, some full-time and some part-time.
Keep Llangollen Special is against the plans which they claim will damage local trade.
“Our hope is that once people have tried shopping locally, they'll stick with it, having seen the advantages for themselves,” said the spokesman.