Essex Road Market Garden grocery store will close on Christmas Eve

A beloved Essex Road greengrocer is closing his shop for the last time on Christmas Eve to make way for a new development.

Jacqui Emery, co-owner of Market Garden greengrocers in Essex Road. Photo: Polly Hancock
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Market Gardens has been in the same location for over 20 years, but the family who run it have now agreed with the new owner to move out by January 2.

The mysterious owners initially told them to leave in June, but customers launched a campaign to save him and he was given a six-month reprieve.

Co-owner Jacqui Emery told The Gazette this week that the family has a good relationship with the owner and stressed that she has not been evicted and will now be retiring.

“It’s a change of times here with all these new stores,” she said. “We have agreed to leave now. “

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The family may have agreed to leave the area and its customers, but the city council is still not happy with the owner and says he has “kicked out” the Market Garden.

The Gazette understands that the plans could involve two retail units on the ground floor and apartments above. As it stands, there is nothing above the shop, which was built on a WWII bombing site.

Activists and the town hall were pushing for affordable rent for the store inside any new building, and councilors had written to the owners on several occasions.

Company manager Cllr Asima Shaikh said: “It is extremely disappointing that the owners are forcing the Market Garden to close.

“This much-loved institution is an important part of Essex Road and will be missed by many.

“Along with the local councilors, I urged the owner to support the Market Garden, but the council has no power to prevent the closure.

“We are committed to promoting a more inclusive economy in Islington to reduce unemployment, poverty and inequality of opportunity.

“Small businesses play a very important role in building this inclusive economy, and they are also at the heart of our community. We will continue to stand up for local small businesses, our shopping streets and our city centers. “

Terri S. Tomasini