Jaspal Singh has overcome a string of personal calamities to bounce back and open his own discount shop in Beeston.
The 29-year-old father-of-one was born and grew up in Pudsey but now lives in Morley. He and wife, Aman recently welcomed son, Karmaan, four months, into the world.
As a child, he suffered meningococcal septicaemia and at one point in 1998 was put on a life support machine and ended up in a coma. He was also in and out of hospital with various operations on his back and ankle over a period of about two-and-a-half years.
He left school early and became a DJ and in later life turned to drink due to family issues. However, he has since overcome his battle with alcohol and has not touched a drink for three years.
Jaspal contacted the YEP after we featured him in one of our ‘Retro’ columns. He spoke to the Yorkshire Evening Post about the turmoil in his life and how and why he overcame his demons.
He said: “I’ve been at the point where I couldn’t afford to buy a bottle of milk from the shop, so I know what it’s like not to have money. I wanted to open this shop to help people in general. The idea behind the shop is to sell in-date goods at discount prices. We sell big brand names at low prices. In fact, that’s our slogan. Just this week, we’ve added a freezer section to the shop and we are also launching a range of home made curries - two for five pounds.”
He added: “With life struggles reaching its high and lows with myself, I wanted to help other people out there who may be in that black patch that I went through. We are not here for Beeston we are here for Yorkshire, so please check us out in store on on facebook.
“As a child I saw how difficult the struggle was for my parents to make a living and raise two kids, I just want people to know we are here to help with some really good deals.”
JAKS clearance Leeds is a new discount store in Beeston, based on Cardinal Road, LS11 8EY.
They are open Mon-Fri noon-7pm and Saturdays noon-4pm. They also deliver all around Leeds, with minimum spends as low as £15.
I’ve been at the point where I couldn’t afford to buy a bottle of milk from the shop, so I know what it’s like not to have money. I wanted to open this shop to help people in general.Jaspal Singh, who has opened a discount store in Beeston