Piara Hayre

Mastered: Retail
Location: Wolverhampton

The corner shop has always been there for us, it’s a British institution. Piara Hayre started a corner store in Knox Road, Wolverhampton in 1960 and continues to work there to this day at the age of 86. This unsung hero has been at the centre of ordinary lives for more than 56 years.

He was an early pioneer of early corner store owners in the Black Country region and has survived Sunday trading and Tesco Express, and through his hard work and dedication to his customers, Piara has gone on to be a successful businessman owning and developing many properties. The supermarkets dominance has brought the near end of the independent family run corner shop, but a few remain. We should treasure them.