Journalist Ross Crawford has charted the pattern of ‘progress’, from choice, to saturation, to domination and then – as the original traders fail – to no choice.

The Secretary of Solihull Ratepayers Association writes about ’a rather sad turn of events’ – a restrained reaction to a development anticipated by many.


Chaggers store has been valued by the local community on Haslucks Green Road’s Station Parade for many years.

“Developers simply won’t take no for an answer.”

In September 2011, Sainsbury’s planning application for an Express store in the Haslucks Green Road Station Parade was unanimously turned down, though it had been supported by Council Planning and Highways Officers. But, as the Solihull News editor at the time, Ross Crawford, wrote, “developers simply won’t take no for an answer.”

There was a 2000 strong petition and over 400 letters of objection and local traders and residents turned out in force at the Council Chambers hearing.

Mr Crawford points out that Shirley already has ‘no end of supermarkets . . . Haslucks Green Road already has a thriving group of shops and the last thing they need is a national giant muscling its way in.” Like many, he believes:

“It’s about time Sainsbury’s and their ilk got the message.”

The writer visited Station Parade and after speaking to the traders it emerged that the shops most likely to be damaged by the advent of Sainsbury’s were Chaggers convenience store and the family firm of traditional butchers, J. Hughes, who sells meat of excellent quality. Chaggers has now fallen victim to the competition from the Sainsbury Local that opened next door.

SRA’s secretary ends: “We have a great deal of sympathy for Raj Chaggers and his wife and will be sorry to see him go – the shop is due to close early in January”.