20 Jul 2016
An Italian food market, hailing originally from Milan, is officially launching in Elephant & Castle this September, with events planned throughout the month.
Andrea Rasca has secured a deal with housing association Peabody to invest £1.2 million and open a market at a three-storey, 45,000 sq ft building at Newington Causeway near Elephant & Castle station – located in a characterful old paper factory.
Its design will be based on Rasca’s Mercato Metropolitano which opened in Milan last year and serves 600,000 meals a month. It will include a bakery, fishmonger, pasta-maker, butcher, coffee roaster, cheesemonger and a pizzeria.
An excited Andrea Rasca explains what he has in mind, “On a social level what could be better than to share good and tasty food with our friends and family. That is what is at the heart of Mercato Metropolitano.”
“Peabody’s social purpose and focus on wellbeing fits perfectly with Mercato’s approach. Not only will this be a fantastic destination for families and friends to come and enjoy food and entertainment, but our partnership will also mean new job opportunities, educational offerings, and other community benefits for local people,” said Veronica Kirwan, Peabody Director of Community programmes.
In addition to the exciting independent food operators will be Prezzemolo e vitale, an independent supermarket from Palermo, on the ground floor. Over that, there’s a barber shop and boxing gym, and over that is MAX, a co-working space.
CF Commercial are instructed nearby on the retail element of Lend Lease’s £1.5 billion regeneration project, Elephant Park, and welcome a great addition to the area.