The battle for the region's shoppers begins a new phase tomorrow when John Lewis opens in Exeter.
Attracting the upmarket department store is part of the city's strategy to become Devon's top shopping destination.
But will it be the game changer and, if so, where does that leave Plymouth? Jonathan Gibson reports on a tale of two cities:
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There will be showers first thing, moving eastwards during the morning. Some of heavy. Away from the cloud there will be bright breaks.
Early showers - some of them heavy - will move east during the morning. On a brighter note there will be sunny spells away from the cloud
Expect more rain tonight along with strengthening winds. It will be showery tomorrow with bright breaks. Reaching 14 C but feeling colder