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THE closure of the last greengrocer’s in Solihull town centre is a bad blow, coming on top of the disappearance of every independent butcher and fishmonger.

THE closure of the last greengrocer’s in Solihull town centre is a bad blow, coming on top of the disappearance of every independent butcher and fishmonger.

No doubt the burden of high rents and business rates played a part in Joe Richards’s decision. The supermarkets and Marks & Spencer will be pleased - their stranglehold on the sale of fresh food is now even tighter.

The presence of the multiples has hit small traders everywhere quite hard but most towns in the region - Warwick, Tamworth and Nuneaton, for instance - still have at least some independents. Why not Solihull?

The local chamber of trade should be looking into the reasons for the decline of independent traders. Solihull, as a shopping centre, is the worse for its lack of choice.

Peter Kennedy, Hampton-in-Arden.

 

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