15.10.2020 Traders welcome councillors to opening of new retail arcade at Elephant and Castle

Yesterday (14 October) traders from Elephant Arcade, a new retail space beneath Perronet House, welcomed residents and councillors to their formal opening.

Located opposite the Bakerloo Line Station, Elephant Arcade is now home to 11 traders who relocated from the nearby shopping centre after its closure.

The arcade boasts an airy café space and diverse range of small businesses, including a hair salon, supermarket, haberdashery, tailors, computer repair shop and traders selling handbags, luggage, cosmetics, jewellery and clothing.

Elephant Arcade, originally disused garages before being converted into retail units by Southwark Council, is managed by community interest company Meanwhile Space who are running tours of the new area for local residents throughout October.

Councillor Situ, cabinet member for climate emergency, planning and transport, said: “We were delighted to see traders settled into their new premises at Elephant Arcade after all their hard work with the council and site managers to fit out the shops ready for opening. We have long been committed to supporting the Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre traders and so it’s really exciting that this location in the heart of Elephant and Castle has been put to good use, allowing small businesses to continue serving the needs of the local community. We wish them every success as they grow and thrive in their new home”.


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