A MINI supermarket has been given planning permission within a garage despite some concerns from locals.
Mike Evans, who runs Malpas garage in Old Hall Street, already offered basic provisions but wanted to expand his range to make the business viable.
Some parish councillors raised concerns at the proliferation of larger convenience stores. Londis has expanded and the Cooperative, which took over from Shepherd's, has announced plans to double the size of the store. There is also Huxley's bakery and general store.
Conversion work has already started at Malpas garage and is expected to be completed within the next two weeks.
Community leader Cllr Eric Beak told a recent parish council meeting that Malpas was in danger of becoming a 'clone town'.
Cllr Beak, who is a big supporter of a parish plan to shape development, said: 'The county council has spent a lot of money on consultants looking at the business of market towns across Cheshire.
'Malpas was one of the towns that assisted. What that group was concerned about was the cloning of villages and towns.'
He added: 'Time and money has been invested to try and stop that and here we are just sealing a move in that direction.'
Cllr Beak worried the full range of facilities might not be available in the long run.
Other issues raised were about whether the parking spaces cited in the application would be available to supermarket customers since they were currently occupied by cars waiting to be serviced.