A corner shop in Leamington’s Old Town that boasts an excellent relationship with the people and workers in the area is throwing a party to celebrate 32 years of business.
The One Stop shop in Tachbrook Road - formerly Londis and before that, The Royals - was opened by Sunder Sandher and his late father Kundan Singh on June 9, 1983.
Former Campion School pupil Sunder said: “I remember it was a Thursday because on the Friday, Margaret Thatcher was elected as Prime Minister.
“I was 19 and I had not long finished sixth form and my Dad was ill, so he told me I would have to do something with the shop. We opened it together and from there it has grown and grown.”
Sunder and his father built a premises next door so they were able to expand.
He said: “When we opened, we were an independent business called The Royals.
“I used to go to the Cash and Carry in Leamington for supplies and to a farmers’ auction in Stratford. I was known for selling overgrown fruit and veg which were good value for money.”
The shop became a franchise of Londis 21 years ago and, more recently, joined One Stop, although because it is a franchise, it remains an independently-run store, selling many local products.
Sunder is proud of the good relationship the shop has with others in Old Town. He said: “We threw a street party to celebrate the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, we have had children from St Patrick’s Primary School working on a school project at the shop and we are also a coffee stop base for the local police teams who come in for a break during their rounds.
“We want to say thank you to everyone who supports us.”
The party takes place at the shop today (Saturday) from 1pm to 2pm, when all fresh bakery items will cost 32p and there will be drinks, a DJ and a raffle draw to win a hamper.