Friday 28 October 2011 2.39pm
Unfortunately, I fear local boycotts of chain shops will have limited impact near stations.
As Sainsburys explained when they justified their second Waterloo branch, the Waterloo Road
branch is for commuters, not locals (presumably this explains why it's often impossible to get key ingredients, such as streaky bacon or unsalted butter, for preparing meals from scratch) and commuters will continue to use the chains because of their convenience and known quality.
This isn't about choice for us; it's the tyranny of the market.