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Charting the relentless progress.

ALDI: The first Huddersfield store opened last year at Aspley, the second this year on Beck Lane Industrial Estate off St John's Road. A latecomer to supermarket wars, Aldi first appeared in the UK in 1990 and now has 300 stores.

ASDA: The Leeds-based Asquith chain of three supermarkets and Associated Dairies united to form Asquith and Dairies or Asda, in 1965. Its Kirklees stores are at Brackenhall and in Dewsbury, but its plan for a pounds 40m store in Chapel Hill, Huddersfield, has just been unveiled.

CO-OP: It's generally accepted that the first successful Co-op was the Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers in 1844, but Skelmanthorpe Industrial Co-operative Provident Society predates that by 10 years.

Golcar, Meltham and Wooldale Co-ops were also early starters.

The Co-op movement is defined as a 'business organisation owned and operated by a group of individuals for their mutual benefit', a distinction that still separates the Co-op from its supermarket rivals. Co-op's stores include ones at Marsh, Marsden, Lepton, Deighton, Golcar and Fenay Bridge.

HILLARDS: Started life as Lion Stores in Liversedge, a family business that was soon opening stores all over Kirklees.

Their biggest venture was a store at Viaduct Street in Huddersfield, built after much opposition from town centre traders in 1978 and taken over by Tesco in 1986.

LIDL: Founded in Germany in the 1930s, it opened its first discount store in 1973 and now has 7,000 stores in 17 countries.

It has stores in Castlegate and Aspley.

LODGES: Built up as a family business, brothers Frank and Albert starting a stall at Marsden market in 1921. Their first successful store was in Nelson, Lancashire. In the 1960s and 1970s they opened stores in Waterloo, Marsh, Meltham, Crosland Moor, Lepton, John William Street in Huddersfield, then Honley and Holmfirth in 1975. Following a management buyout in 1991, the chain of stores was bought by CRS Retail in 1995. Massive objections to a large store on the former Clough Mill site in Birkby finally went ahead in 1975 amid worries that town centre businesses would be damaged. Bought out by Asda in 1980 who moved to Brackenhall in 1993.

MORRISONS: Again a family firm, founded by William Morrison. Bradford-based, it opened its first Kirklees store in Heckmondwike in 1987 and in 1993 negotiated successfully for a super-site at Waterloo. It also has a large store in Station Street, Meltham, which it took over from Safeways.

SOMERFIELD: Stores in Milnsbridge and Elland, but the Milnsbridge store closes this weekend after being sold to Aldi.

SAINSBURY'S: Stores at Shorehead, and at Market Street in Huddersfield town centre with another big store in Brighouse.

Founded by the Sainsbury family in London in 1869, it launched into self-service supermarkets in the 1950s. Complacency in the 1990s knocked it into third place in the superstore ranks.

TESCO: Founded by eastender Jack Cohen in 1919, Tesco took off in the early 1980s, buying out opposition including the Hillards chain in this area in 1986. It has stores in Viaduct Street, Huddersfield and at Dalton, Brighouse and Marsh and plans to build a megastore on Southgate..

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