Hundreds of people packed the Bernays Institute in The Broadway, Stanmore, on Monday evening last week to discuss plans to open two supermarkets in the town.

Representatives from Sainsbury's and the cut-price chain Lidl spoke to residents about their plans and reassurances were given by all three major parties on Harrow Council and by Harrow East MP Tony McNulty that they would ensure both developments went ahead smoothly.

Tony Raymond, chairman of the Stanmore Society, said: "People were queuing outside and some had to go home because they couldn't get in."

Lidl plans to open in the old Safeway store by July 9, and the Sainsbury's store being built on the former AA site should be open by December next year.

In the our edition of April 23, we misquoted Mr Raymond as saying that he hoped Sainsbury's would drop its sceme because of the traffic its planned store would generate

The comments attributed to him were taken from the magazine Stanmore Forum, but were made by someone else. We apologise for the error any embarrassment caused to Mr Raymond.

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