Yesterday's announcement about the closure of the Aston factory caused concern for residents in the area and people working for neighbouring businesses.
Landlady Kim McIlhone, from O'Reilly's pub opposite the factory, said the majority of the workers were regular customers who would come in for lunch and at the end of their shift.
The 47-year-old, from Ladywood, said: "If you say to anybody, 'Can you take me to Aston?' as soon as you say HP Sauce, everybody knows where it is."
Retired news agent Tony Mouzer, aged 70, from Brom-ford, said too many factories had been closed in the city in recent times.
"I think it is bad. Everything is closing down in this city anyway. Everything just gets relocated," he said.
Unison representative Pete Dunn, from Kingstanding, agreed with Mr Mouzer and said not enough was being done to stop Birmingham's landmark factories from being closed down.
He said: "It is disgusting. It has been here since I was a kid. Ansells used to be here as well and they closed down too. It has a knock-on effect on the shops."
Mr Dunn, aged 55, criticised the company's decision to transfer production to Heinz's European sauces centre in Holland.
"It is all about cheap labour. It is not about wages but profit," he claimed.
Retired social club stewardess June Cowen, aged 71, from Erdington, said the closure would be a sad loss.
"It is a shame really," she said. "It has been here such a long time and you can see it from miles around."
Andy Green, from Warstock, said the building helped him find his office on the way to work.
The 43-year-old, who has been working as a financial controller at a nearby car hire firm, said: "I would never find my way to work without that big sign - it's cheaper than satellite navigation."
Mr Green said production of the British sauce should not be moved abroad.
"Dolmio sauce comes from Holland and it is supposed to be Italian and HP Sauce is British." ..SUPL: