Shops fear closure due to new supermarket

Ian Sutcliffe, owner of Chillie Willies food store, West Vale, which is closing after 25 years of business.
Ian Sutcliffe, owner of Chillie Willies food store, West Vale, which is closing after 25 years of business.
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Angry shop owners in West Vale say their livelihoods are under threat from a supermarket across the road.

The Co-operative store on Stainland Road opened in October, and since then two nearby businesses have been force to close.

One of them is Chillie Willies, a family run shop which has been open for more than 25 years.

Owner Ian Sutcliffe said: “I estimate that they’ve taken about 20 per cent of our business. Past experience tells me they just suck the life out of these areas.

“I’ve enjoyed having the store but I’m not as sad for myself as I am for the staff. They are so kind and helpful in the shop and it’s a real shame for them.”

Julie Richards, owner of Cafe Quality on Stainland Road, said: “The Co-op should never have been allowed to have opened. It makes me so angry.

“I’ve been here 15 years and I don’t want to be worrying about them closing me down.

“You won’t see me in there - it should be bulldozed. We’re only a small community and it’s our livelihoods at stake, but for them it’s just another store.”

A spokesperson for The Co-operative Food said: “Since our store on Stainland Road opened we have received great customer feedback from local people.

“We are confident that the new store is proving a valuable asset to Greetland, and we look forward to continuing to serve the community.”