TRADERS and residents say Swansea Council's decision to approve Costa coffee in Uplands will lead to a saturation of food and drinks outlets in the area.
The global chain was unanimously given the go-ahead to open a branch in a vacant shop in Uplands Crescent — despite almost 900 people signing petitions opposing the move.
Liz Morris, who is chairwoman of Brynmill and Uplands Residents Association said she felt that there were already too many coffee shops and restaurants in the area.
"I wonder where the customers will come from?" she said.
"The number of people who signed the petition speaks for itself — we will have to see what happens. I think people felt there were too many coffee shops and restaurants in the area."
The Costa application had led to complaints from residents and traders who said it would be a threat to local, independent businesses.
Noah Redfern, who owns Noah's Yard in Uplands, helped organise a petition and said a national coffee chain would ruin the independent vibe of the area.
He said: "They have their place but it will ruin independent business and offer customers nothing different.
"I am absolutely disappointed the application was passed. I have lost faith in the system. The local councillors have been excellent but it appears 900 objections do not count at all."
Lance Pardoe, who owns Uplands Diner, said he was not worried about the chain affecting his business.
"I am not worried about competition," he said.
"Some of my customers will try it and that is their choice. We serve different purposes.
"Our game is breakfasts and burgers and Costa is paninis and large variety of coffees.I am more concerned about the area becoming saturated by coffee shops and food outlets when I feel we need a variety of shops in Uplands.
Parking is also another big issue. It is a pity the shop couldn't have been used for something else."
The Costa branch will create up to 10 jobs.