Former Tesco boss Terry Leahy has described the rise of supermarkets and the closure of small shops across the country as "part of progress."
Mr Leahy ran the supermarket giant for more than a decade, during which time it became one of the world's biggest retailers.
But critics have accused it of driving smaller independent shops out of business and turning town centres into ghost towns.
Appearing on Radio 4's Desert Island Discs, he told host Kirsty Young he had mixed feelings on the issue.
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