It all started with Chris Meat Market — you know, the one everybody calls Chris’s Meat Market, even though there’s no apostrophe or extra “s” in there.
That business moved from its longtime Kern Street location near Highway 99 a block away to 1342 Tulare St., taking over the former Come and Get It Chicken and Waffles location. With the new location, Chris Meat Market added tables and ditched the meat counters.
Meanwhile, another business took over its old space at 1323 Kern St., putting up handwritten signs that say “Cris Meat Market.” Same name, just minus the letter “h”.
That’s not sitting well with the original Chris Meat Market. It’s confusing, says hostess Maria Gonzalez.
“We’ve been having a lot of complaints from our customers,” she says.
The owner of Cris Meat Market, Alex Cervantes, said he sees nothing wrong with his business name. Everybody knows the location by that name, he said.
And he’s now the true meat market, he says. The business has counters selling chorizo, pigs feet and other meat.
“They don’t have the meat and they don’t have the market,” he says.
Furthermore, he says he’s a little irked at Chris Meat Market because its owners have people handing out fliers near his door and sign twirlers on the corner directing people a block away.