A city judge has put an end to Gristedes bid to cop Trader Joe's' name and look.
With the opening of Trader John's just a day away, a Manhattan judge ruled that the name -- and the red lettering -- were too similar to Trader Joe's, the new darling of the New York supermarket set, reported the New York Post.
Gristedes had recently retooled its 14th St. location with a new sign reminiscent of Trader Joe's, but with a subtle name change.
"Of all the possible names . . . he just had to pick the name of a store a few blocks away with a long line of people outside," said Joe's lawyer, Dale Cendali.