TRADERS have blamed disruption caused by construction of a new Sainsbury’s store in Shirley for plummeting takings in the past few weeks.
Small businesses along Haslucks Green Road have said the building work has made it impossible for customers to park and also wreaked havoc with their deliveries.The controversial store, which creates up to 25 jobs, opened this week.
Raj Chaggers, who runs Chaggers Supermarket, said his business had been hit and the gridlocked road had meant that the shop had even missed its milk and bread delivery on one day.
“My takings are down 50 per cent,” said Mr Chaggers, who has been based on the parade for 25 years.
“We weren’t happy about Sainsbury’s opening here because we thought it would damage the existing shops - there is going to be a bakery, an off-licence, they’ve got a lottery licence.
“But the fact is we’ve known for a while they’re going to be here and we were prepared to see what happened. This hasn’t been a good start.”
Next door, John Hughes, whose family have run a butchers for 39 years, said: “It’s been a total nightmare from start to finish.”
Chris Gates, co-owner of the Flower Fayre, said the parking had been “horrendous” over the past few weeks.
“It’s not fair that supermarkets are being allowed to move in everywhere, they’ll kill off the small shops which are a real part of the community.”
A Sainsbury’s spokesman said new parking arrangements would benefit the entire parade and thanked traders for their “patience and co-operation”.