Born 1926 in India, a twenty something Kesar Singh Gahley arrived in Wolverhampton in 1953 determined to make a life for himself with only a few savings collected throughout the year.
From humble beginnings working in the local shipyard enduring heavy labour then moving to Glasgow in the late 50’s. He went onto purchase a tie, undoing it and then sewing it back up, he went on to make his own tie’s and sold them at the Barrowlands at the weekends. Through sheer fearlessness, hard work and staying humble, Kesar went on to purchase his first store which subsequently was badly damaged during the storm of 1968 which claimed the lives of 21 people and damaged over 70,000 homes in Glasgow alone.
Another store was bought in Maryhill, Glasgow where him and his family took root for just less than 20 years. The late 80’s saw him wanting to move into the central belt and a store in Thornhill Road Falkirk. This store was sold and in 1992 he acquired and purchased the empty building which stands today as the heartbeat of the family legacy, Sardar’s Cellar.
Having been raised in the Graham’s Road establishment since 4 years old, Kesar’s youngest son Sukhwinder and his family now run the business in succession.
From delivering milk and potatoes to the high-rise flats of Glasgow and required to shut half days on Wednesday. Sardar Cellar has just celebrated its 30th Year trading 7 days a week and delivering worldwide and there’s now a new generation sitting waiting to take the reins in the future.