Nour Cash and Carry are fighting an eviction notice from DJ Taylor McWilliams.
Brixton’s Nour Cash and Carry has launched a fundraiser to help fight an eviction notice from millionaire landlord and DJ Taylor McWilliams. The owners of the shop, which has had a home at Brixton Market for 20 years and specialises in food from the Caribbean and Africa, were told they needed to vacate the property in order to make way for an electricity substation. Members of the local community, musicians and prominent figures in the food world, such as The Guardian‘s Jay Rayner have spoken out against the plan, highlighting Nour as a vital part of the market.
McWilliams purchased Brixton Market in 2018 through his development company Hondo Enterprises. As a report in The Quietus last month highlighted, McWilliams uses his income as a property developer to supplement his DJ collective Housekeeping, which also counts Tape London founder Jacobi Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe as a member. In April, activists interrupted a Housekeeping live-stream to protest McWilliams’ decision, holding signs that said: “you party while your tenants suffer”.
Since then, figures in the music industry including GAIKA, Om Unit, Joy Orbison, Wu Lu and Midland, have lent their support to the campaign to save Nour Cash and Carry. Yesterday, the campaign shared a new video featuring customers speaking about why Nour is important to them. The video ends with a note reading “Taylor McWilliams insists he will evict Nour on July 22. As his record label released a new track called Bruvva, “a nod to South London’s Jamaican, Rastafarian and Reggae heritage.”” The note is accompanied by a picture of Housekeeping with one member wearing fake dreadlocks.
Watch the video below and donate here.
We have emailed this video to multimillionaire Taylor McWilliams with this message:
If you carry out this eviction, you will not be welcome in Brixton. It is you who is not wanted here. It is you who is not needed.’
— Save Nour Save Brixton (@SaveNour) June 10, 2020