More than one thousand objectors have signed a petition against plans to build a shopping centre in Bonnyrigg.
Shopkeepers in the Hopefield area fear that a new supermarket and retail units on the site of the former Staiside Inn would hit the local economy.
Newsagent and grocer Brian Millar (60) has been based just yards from the site, within a small parade of local shops at Hopefield Park, since 1979.
In just four days, his petition to halt the plans were signed by around 1,200 loyal customers.
He told the Advertiser: “It would be a disaster for the local community if this goes ahead – there’s no way there is enough business for any more shops.
“Road closures due to the building of the new Lasswade High School have been affecting trade – we have been losing £2,000 per week in turnover.
“We were looking forward to an increase in business but that won’t happen if this goes ahead.”
Read full story in the January 31 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.