Shopkeeper insists ‘Singh’sbury Local’ name is coincidence to supermarket chain

Jeetesh Luhar



Mandeep Singh Chatha’s off-licence has become a tourist attraction in Wolverhampton after he stuck up a sign in orange font reading, ‘Singh’sbury Local’.

Since the change, customers have been lining up to take selfies outside his shop due to the striking resemblance to the mega ‘Sainsbury’s’ chain.

However, Chatha insists there is an innocent explanation to the similar looks by saying, “I decided on the name. My name is Singh and it’s on Bushbury Road.

“It’s just a coincidence. I think the nearest Sainsbury’s is a couple of miles away so it’s not exactly close and we are certainly not competition. I am just a small business owner trying to make a living. People keep stopping in their cars to take pictures with the sign and I’ve had many nice comments.”

He went on to say, “I have heard nothing from a supermarket which has a similar name, so I see no problem with it. It’s a different logo, a different colour, a different company. Its a completely different.”

The name is even registered as ‘Singh’sbury Local’ on Companies House, reports the Mirror.

This is not the first case of its kind to happen. Back in 2017, Jel Singh Nagra renamed his North Tyneside shop. Singhsbury’s. And once Sainsbury’s themselves threatened legal action, he renamed the store ‘Morrisinghs’ – which amused the bigger well known Morrisons chain, who ended up supporting the change.

Sainsbury’s are yet to comment on the shop name.

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