IT resembled a ‘ghost town’.
Traders and businesses boarded up their windows to show what Holmfirth could look like if a Tesco was to be built a kilometre out of town.
The supermarket giant hopes to build a new supermarket on the site of the former Midlothian Garage at New Mill Road.
On Saturday, traders including Longley’s, Imagine and KW Kaye Ironmongers covered their windows with brown cardboard in protest at the application.
Caroline Anstey, owner of the toy shop Imagine, said: “There is an application for Tesco to build a large supermarket out of town about a kilometre from Holmfirth.
“We have seen this happen in a lot of other towns.
“It is basically sucking all the life blood out of the town and we just end up with a town full of closed shops.
“We are not against supermarkets and we are not against Tesco, but we are very much against the application and the location of it.
“Like Mary Portas (‘Queen of Shops’ and Government advisor on retail) said, shops need to be in towns. We don’t want the out-of-town shop to draw people out of the centre.