Galloway MSP Alex Fergusson gave his backing to the Save Our Street campaign set up be local traders to halt plans for an out of town supermarket in Newton Stewart.
Adding his signature to the thousand who had already signed, Mr Fergusson said: “I have been against this right from the start. I think it’s a dreadful idea.
“This is not a similar situation to Castle Douglas, and I don’t believe this would increase footfall in the town.
“Also, there is talk of 150 jobs but that would actually mean 150 less jobs in the centre of the town. The over provision of supply is diabolical and I will do all I can to support you.”
When asked what message the petition would send out to the developers, CWP, SOS spokesman, Newton Stewart butcher Kenny Owen said: “That there is a number of people in the area that don’t want to see Newton Stewart high street destroyed by an out of town supermarket that’s not right in a rural area.
“We have met with CWP but they won’t listen to the traders but they may listen to the people of the area.
“Some people have posted on Facebook that they are in favour but there are a lot of people not on Facebook. Facebook is a very limited demographic.”