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The Witton Co-Op.
Keith Berry

The Witton Co-Op.

Witton. Birmingham

The Birmingham Co-Operative store in Aston Lane near its junction with
Witton Road. It closed as it was claimed to be uneconomical but was
replaced by another supermarket which appears to thrive to this day.

The shops visible in the background have all been replaced by dwellings.

Update 15 May 2008: The Co-Op's claim that the site is uneconomical
for a supermarket is further challenged by the opening of a Tesco Super-
store just a few yards past here on the right. The road has been widened
in front of the store, doubtless paid for by Tesco in exchange for planning
permission. We just have to hope that the nearby traffic island will be
unaffected. They had a cleared site on which to build from new, so why
does their particularly ugly new superstore look like a converted cinema?

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Guest 06-Nov-2011 00:05
to think in the early sixties it use to coast 1d from the city to here.
katy ford 10-Mar-2011 15:05
i was born in 1945 and lived just up the road where the villa is my it takes me back I have moved now but my Mum only moved from aston in 2010
Dave Hickman 28-Oct-2008 20:13
My route home for 5 or 6 years.Either from School(KEGS) or from games (on Wenesday afternoons). Spent hours queuing here on many a dark wet winter evening. The pictures of the Tame are particularly poignant.
Terry Shaw 07-Mar-2008 12:23
I remember the Co-op very well, I remember in the early fifties arriving at the tram terminus beside the Aston Hotel pub and a fire engine speeding past, it tried to take the roundabout too fast and ended up embedded in the Co-op, that night loads of us kids were in there looting food and sweets or whatever else we could find, the Witton Arms is next to the Co-op where my parents drank, and myself in later years.
oldbrummie 21-Jun-2007 11:47
Jolly's was where I bought my very first "philips portable cassette" player - although not as portable as they are these days. I also rememebr the laundrette that was next door to the co-op. Use to catch the 39 in to town to work in Lewis's.
Jennifer Nicol 27-Jan-2006 05:32
I wish I had a pound for every time I queued at the bus stop shown in this photo. Often I had come from school in Town, getting off the Number 5 bus. Witton Circle was a great place in the l950's. I remember the newsagents very well as I would often whilst waiting for the
No.11 bus...that often came in three's, then nothing, walking across to the newsagents to
buy a copy of the Reveille mag to read on the bus.