Thousands sign petition protesting Brixton Market’s millionaire landlord DJ Taylor McWilliams
A petition protesting against an eviction notice served by Taylor McWilliams, the millionaire director of property investment firm Hondo Enterprises and member of the DJ collective Housekeeping, has received more than 8,000 signatures.
The Texan DJ, socialite and businessman has ordered the eviction of a family-run store Nour Cash & Carry, which sells inexpensive groceries and has been an integral shop for the local residential and trade community for more than 20 years.
The Save Nour Cash & Carry petition calls the shop a “vital resource to ethnic and immigrant communities”. It serves 90 per cent of restaurants in Brixton Market and the surrounding area, and attracts footfall to neighbouring businesses such as butchers, fishmongers and cafés.
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During the pandemic, Nour has also been donating supplies to food banks and making deliveries to isolated customers.
Now Hondo Enterprises has served Nour Cash & Carry a section 25 notice, ordering the business to leave the premises by July 22 this year.
Hondo Enterprises purchased the freehold and leasehold of Brixton Market in March 2018 for £37.25 million, and promised at the time that “under our stewardship its unique character will be secured for the long term.”
McWilliams also drew protests and criticism in 2014 for constructing segregated entrances for poor and rich residents at the One Commercial Street block of flats developed by Hondo Enterprises in East London.
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While public protests are impossible to host during the pandemic, the campaign to Save Nour Cash & Carry is targeting Housekeeping, the four-man DJ collective McWilliams co-founded in 2012. The campaign has published public records showing that Hondo Enterprises helps to fund Housekeeping.