There has been concern for some time about the look of Sidmouth's High Street:
Futures Forum: "Sidmouth's different shopping experience is disappearing."
One area has been the fear of national brands taking over:
Call for more chain stores in Sidmouth triggers strong defence of ‘unique’ town - News - Sidmouth Herald
The local press has highlighted similar concerns - especially around the proliferation of charity shops:
Sidmouth charity shop plans branded “hideous” - News - Sidmouth Herald
One shop-owner was very clear earlier in the summer:
'You used to be able to come to Sidmouth for a different shopping experience. That’s disappearing. Now it’s become known as the charity shop capital of the South West.'
Parking threatens quality businesses - shop owner - News - Sidmouth Herald
Following the closure of the grocers-cum-cafe Trumps
Sad closure of historic Sidmouth shop - News - Sidmouth Herald
... it looks as though this will become another cafe.
Here is the latest thread from Streetlife:
Streetlife | Re: Trumps shop