Reopen, the dream of market stallholders

Almost two months after the Municipality ordered the closure of the Mercado del Norte, due to the danger of collapse, most of the stalls were unable to adapt to the coup. Some were able to relocate within a few blocks of the historic building. Most try to work from home selling merchandise with cadets while another group still keeps the “blinds down”.

Fernando Corroto, owner of an iconic fish market in the market, got up the day after the closing and started looking at his notebook. There he had written down the addresses of his most loyal customers, to whom he directly took orders. So he began to visit them door to door to let them know that he would continue in the sale, although without a location. It was like this for more than a month, until yesterday it was able to reopen in Córdoba at 800.

“It was quite shocking because it happened from one day to the next. You lose your job, without anyone telling you anything. It’s quite distressing, “defined Corroto. His family’s fish market has its origin 70 years ago, when Juan Aurelio Corroto started with the premises. Then his father, Armando Corroto, joined. And now Fernando continues.

He works with two employees, “the two in white”, who accompany him in the new premises. “Now we are in a transition. I had another store in Córdoba at 800 that I was neither using nor renting, so this is where I settled. When what happened happened, I took everything to my house and continued selling, giving my cell phone number. I hope that loyal customers now join us ”, he continued.

What he also regrets is that the closure coincided with one of the sales peaks, in the run-up to Easter, when the menu in most houses in the province is fish or humita.

“Regarding the return to the market, the truth is that I don’t have much hope. Hopefully I’m wrong, I think we have a certain acquired right to go back there once it is refurbished ”, he said.

The star: kaftas

El Rey del Kipe will also be installed on the same block soon. “The closing of the market has been a slap to the soul. In the blink of an eye you were suddenly on the street, ”Sandra Vilch, the renowned“ Sandrita ”who serves kaftas, explained to LA GACETA. “I have been in the position for eight years, but the business turned 70. It was opened by Doña Gavina Emilia Made de Elías (just turned 91) and her husband, Nicolás Elías (died in 1996). They had started selling kipe but then the kaftas became the star of the market ”, said Vilch, one of the three employees of the premises. She continues to work. If the business prospers, the entire workforce will be reinstated.

After the closing, they spent a month analyzing what step to take. The management of the premises was taken by a son of Doña Gavina. They settled in the front part of the family home in Villa Alem, in Larrea 440, to work with delivery or going to pick up the order. “In the market we sold about 250 to 300 kaftas a day. Now we’re on 80 a day, maybe. But people come, buy from us, and eat on the sidewalk because they are used to the taste of food on the go, we hope soon to be installed with other stalls in front of the Persia Market ”, he commented. “Our idea is to be able to work in the center, we hope to settle in with the new premises in the next month. And I hope Gabina gets better, because this depressed her a lot, ”Vilch closed.

The King of the Pumpkin

Marcelo Arias raises his eyebrows from the cash register of the new store, in Mendoza almost on the corner of Junín. “In the Market I had a greengrocer and I had just bought the stall next door so that my son could have a seed shop. I paid to put up floors and shelves, then I paid again to settle here. I expected that a large part of the customers of the 10 grocery stores in the market would come here but people can’t find us and we’ve been here for a month ”, he commented.

Arias’s father had a store in the market. Several decades ago he told him that a stall would sell his place, that he buy it. “I sold a car that I had to buy the place. And that allowed me to progress, “he recalled. For Arias, the Market was something more. “It was an elephant that fed the center, a lot of people who come from other locations or from other provinces. Now, with the closure, we realize. I don’t know if we can go back, but all I hope is that it continues to be a market and that it continues to be popular. I chat with clients who are bricklayers and who ask me where they can eat, because they could eat cheaply with their work clothes and without anyone looking bad at you. So I hope that whatever happens, remains popular, remains market, “he concluded.


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