E&C Traders with nowhere to go

Southwark Council and developer Delancey are making a song and dance about the small number Elephant & Castle shopping centre traders who have been allocated re-location space, but have kept very quiet about the 46 traders who haven't. With the help of LATIN ELEPHANT and SOUTHWARK NOTES we have recorded the voices of those traders whose businesses and livelihoods are being extinguished by the so-called regeneration of Elephant & Castle.

Nassim Cheraitian (Retail Unit: P39)
Nassim Cheraitian (Retail Unit: P39),

My name is Nassim Cheraitian, I’ve been trading at Elephant and Castle market for over...

Shapoor Amini (Retail Unit: P28)
Shapoor Amini (Retail Unit: P28),

My name is Shapoor Amini, I’ve worked at this market since 2001. These people promised...

Mohammed Jamal (Retail Unit: CO7)
Mohammed Jamal (Retail Unit: CO7),

My name is Mohammed Jamal, I’m working in the market the last 8 years. I’m...

Edmund Attoh (Retail Unit: C12)
Edmund Attoh (Retail Unit: C12),

My name is Edmund, I’m working here [at the market] over 20 years. Things are...

Muhammad Raza (Retail Unit: P34 & P36)
Muhammad Raza (Retail Unit: P34 & P36),

My name is Muhammad Raza, I’m working here since 2006. The market is dead now,...

Mohammed Al Waris (Retail Unit: CO5)
Mohammed Al Waris (Retail Unit: CO5),

My name is Mohammed Al Waris, I’ve been trading at the Elephant and Castle market...

Ahmad Shah Mohammadi (Retail Unit: PO7)
Ahmad Shah Mohammadi (Retail Unit: PO7),

Ahmad has been selling kitchenware for more than 10 years and offers all the essential...

Hakim Khan (Retail Unit: P29)
Hakim Khan (Retail Unit: P29),

Hakim offers his expertise to help you choose the right product from his range of...

Rajan Padayil (Retail Unit: 350)
Rajan Padayil (Retail Unit: 350),

Rajan runs the Legacy Food Bar which serves handmade paninis, grilled chicken, herbal and soft...

Alan Dobson (Retail Unit: C11)
Alan Dobson (Retail Unit: C11),

Another well known face at Elephant and Castle, Alan offers an extensive range of vinyl...

Samuel Botchway (Retail Unit: C15)
Samuel Botchway (Retail Unit: C15),

Sam offers an extensive range of repairs for computers, laptops, IMEE, and is a specialist...

Rahmat Saadat (Retail Unit: C10)
Rahmat Saadat (Retail Unit: C10),

A market trader at Elephant and Castle for the last 17 years Rahmat specialises in...

Eden Onuba (Retail Unit: CO2)
Eden Onuba (Retail Unit: CO2),

Originally from Eritrea, Eden trades at Elephant and Castle market, specialising in children’s wear from...

Castle Brasserie (Retail Unit: 203)
Castle Brasserie (Retail Unit: 203),

Ivan runs a Columbian restaurant on the first floor of the shopping centre, also known...

Castle Tandoori (Retail Unit: 200)
Castle Tandoori (Retail Unit: 200),

Castle Tandoori is an Indian restaurant on the first floor of the shopping centre that...

Ali Sabanci (Retail Unit: 206)
Ali Sabanci (Retail Unit: 206),

Ali Sabanci’s restaurant (Jenny's Burgers) has been in the shopping centre for over 25 years....

Munir Melethil (Retail Unit: 309)
Munir Melethil (Retail Unit: 309),

Munir and his business partner Bobby have been serving customers on the ground floor of...

Sundial Cafe (Retail Unit: 331-332)
Sundial Cafe (Retail Unit: 331-332),

The Sundial cafe is a local institution that has been serving customers on the ground...

Mogos Fashion (Retail Unit: CO6)
Mogos Fashion (Retail Unit: CO6),

Mogos fashion is a market stall at the base of the shopping centre. It hasn't...

Kubolonia (Retail Unit: F3)
Kubolonia (Retail Unit: F3),

Kubolonia’s owner Jorge’s mother is Thai and his dad is Spanish. His fusion includes seafood...

The Elephant - indian takeaway (Retail Unit: P12)
The Elephant - indian takeaway (Retail Unit: P12),

The Elephant serves traditional indian food to takeaway from a stall in the market surrounding...

Al-Hassan Kamara (Retail Unit: P25)
Al-Hassan Kamara (Retail Unit: P25),

Al-Hassan Kamara runs the Lucila Small market stall outside Elephant and Castle shopping centre, which...

Sayed Hamaki (Retail Unit: P33)
Sayed Hamaki (Retail Unit: P33),

Sayed has been running Farhid Carpets and Bedding at his stall in the Elephant &...

Arch 7 (Railway Arch)
Arch 7 (Railway Arch),

Arch 7 on Elephant Road hosts 10 small Latin American businesses that widely serve the...