The supermarket giant Asda claim 350 jobs could be created if plans to build a £15m store in Dumfries get the go ahead.
The development would be on Annan road in the town and cover 40,000 square feet.
Barbours is one of Scotland's oldest department stores, it's been open since 1856. It's survived many changes on the high street but it's the prospect of custom being moved away from the town centre that's concerning the owners.
The company says it will create up to 350 jobs and it also wants to build units on the site for other small businesses but this is all some way off becoming a reality, an inital planning application has yet to be submitted.
The owner of a family run butchers in the town, Houstons, says there are already enough supermarkets
Rab Smith is the chairman of the Dumfries Retailers Association. He spoke to TV Border's Hannah Lomas, he says following the introduction of a Tescos in the town the decrease in footfall for other shops was evident and the Asda plans will exacerbate that. He adds the jobs that are created are simply balanced by the jobs lost by closing shops.