A campaign has been launched against proposals to open a drive-through coffee shop in Buckshaw Village.
A retail unit “likely” to become a coffee shop is planned alongside an Aldi supermarket and community centre on Ordnance Road.
But it has led to a campaign on social media by those behind The Cowshed, on Barnes Wallis Way, and mobile coffee counter Coffee Cow.
On Twitter, a free drink has been offered to supporters of The Cowshed who attend today’s consultation event and object to the drive-through coffee shop.
A statement on Coffee Cow’s Facebook page said: “I want to make it clear I have no objection to Aldi or enhancing community facilities. I also believe a bit of local competition is healthy and good for business, but only when it’s on a fair playing field.
“It is the sheer size of the potential global mega brand that fills me with real dread, especially as it is going to be literally my next-door neighbour.
“The multi-million pound corporation, marketing and PR juggernaut that it brings with it is obviously going to impact on my business.”
Comments in support of The Cow Shed have been written on social media.
On Twitter, Alex Farmer said: “We should all support local businesses. There’s no need for a Starbucks or Costa when we have the shed.”
The Guardian attempted to contact Alison Holme, owner of Coffee Cow and The Cowshed, but was unsuccessful.
An Aldi spokesman said: “Aldi is proposing the development of a new food store, community centre and smaller commercial unit off Ordnance Road, Buckshaw Village which will provide a complimentary offer to the existing retail provisions already situated locally.
“It is thought that the smaller commercial unit is likely to be occupied by a drive-through coffee shop, however this is not confirmed at present.”
The consultation event will be held from 3pm to 7pm at Euxton Parish Church Community Centre, on Wigan Road, Euxton.