'We're going to miss the community': Elephant and Castle shopping centre closes after 55 years

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Mixed feelings as icon of working-class London and Europe’s first ever large indoor retail centre makes way for development

After 55 years the final few traders were packing up their shops and stalls at the Elephant and Castle shopping centre in south London with mixed feelings about what the future might hold.

“It’s time for a change, because really everything has to be different,” Luz Villamizar, a “60-something” trader said with tears in her eyes. “It’s time because this is not a nice building now, anymore.”

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