Caner Supermarket

Forest Gate, London
18 April 2021

About this record

Fatih and Yavuz followed their father to London from Eastern Turkey and opened the Caner Supermarket in 2005. Caner is a Turkish male name meaning ‘Best Friend’ and they named it after their new-born nephew.

 

Fatih owner of Caner Supermarket. Image by Sylvie Belbouab.

Fatih and Yavuz followed their father to London from Eastern Turkey and opened the Caner Supermarket in 2005. Caner is a Turkish male name meaning ‘Best Friend’ and they named it after their new-born nephew.

Until the early 1970s Odessa Road used to have a small parade of specialist shops, a school and a pub. It is now part of the Low Transport Network and becoming a quiet residential community.

This short film explores how the well-respected brothers, with the help of John, have cleverly adapted the contents of the shop to reflect the changing demographic and created an oasis of ‘provision’ for the whole community.

 

 

On 18th April Frames Of Mind and two trained Heritage Producers interviewed loyal customers outside Caner Supermarket to collect their personal stories and perspectives on the role of their corner shop.

Below are portraits and quotes from  Caner Supermarket.

All photography by Sylvie Belbouab.

If I met the guy who was responsible for this low traffic network, I would shake his hand.

Fatih Altun - Owner Caner Supermarket

I’ve known them for a very long time now - they are very good friends.

I come to the shop usually more than one time a day - because I always forget
something.

Anyone who asks for anything, they will get it.

Danielle Truc

He [Fatih] physically can’t say no to customers and we end up with an over stocked backroom and it’s frustrating. He has all these ideas but he’s limited by the size of the shop.

To a new customer it’s like they’ve been blinded [it's so full] but we just don’t see it.

I feel like if anything was going to happen one of our customers would intervene.

John, works at Caner Supermarket

It’s lively, busy, similar to a market stall vibe.
The more local shops stay open, the more we can stay away from the big supermarkets that kind of control the wold.

Leon George

What do we buy in Caners?
Harry: milk
Bobby: water
Scott: beer
Fatih let Harry work in the shop once, for a couple of hours, for a bit of work experience.
Harry: yeah and I got paid!

Harry, Bobby & Scott Glass

There’s more matte doors, it’s becoming more middle class.  I suppose we were the beginning of that [as] health care workers coming over from Stoke Newington because we couldn’t afford to buy there.
Preserved lemons, or your Japanese misos?
Probably a refection of the changing demographic in the area?
They do look out for people around here…..proper caring.

Jan Holloway

Caner’s easily surpasses everything else in the area.
Fatih ofered Hirad his van when he was moving house.
He has always been incredibly generous.

Hirad Riazi & Simon Taylor

They know how to deal with different people and that’s a skill. They deal with the good and the bad and they’re good at it.

John was dressed up like an Easter Rabbit the other weekend.

Odessa Road crosses two boroughs. It used to be just Waltham Forest that had the trees…but they planted trees in the Newham end for the Olympics.

Dan Houghton

The whole family had Covid over Christmas and you couldn’t book an online shop anywhere.

We used to ring Fatih up with our shopping list and John would bring it over.
We paid the bill when we were released!

A long time ago me and my friend came home after a ‘very long weekend’ and we were locked out. I was freezing and Yavuz leant me his cardigan. I’m not sure if he remembers… but I do.

Zoe Flynn

All photography by Sylvie Belbouab (Insta gbs_portrait).

 

 

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