Sharprite: New store in Pretoria leaves locals confused

Sharprite: New store in Pretoria leaves locals confused

No, that's not a spelling mistake...

Sharprite: New store in Pretoria leaves locals confused

For South Africans, there are many options available for grocery shopping.

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From Pick 'n Pay to Shoprite, these stores have become iconic in SA.

As they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but has this one store in Pretoria taken it too far?

Social media users have been shocked and surprised to discover that on Robert Sobukwe Street in Sunnyside, Pretoria, sitting comfortably across the road from a Shoprite, is a store called Sharprite.

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X user @Shonny_SA recently shared a video that has over 30,000 views and shows the front of the store with its eerily similar yellow and red sign:

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While some think this is too close for comfort, others think that friendly competition is always necessary.

The similarities stop there, however.

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TimesLIVE reports that the store is seemingly Chinese-owned and that they already have stores in Middelburg, Mpumalanga. 

The Sharprite store only has eight aisles and stocks everything from sugar to water taps. Unfortunately, they do not offer any refrigerated goods as they do not have any fridges for these products.

They also offer a large variety of bulk items.

At the end of the day, Shoprite can probably still rest easy knowing that they won't be going out of business anytime soon.

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