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The shops visible in the background have all been replaced by dwellings.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