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A Neighborhood Is Banding Together To Save This Family-Owned Grocery Store From Being Pushed Out

The community are doing everything they can to try to save one of their oldest family-owned stores.

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Bizim Bakkal is a Turkish grocery in the Wrangle area of Kreuzberg, Berlin. Its name means "Our Store" in Turkish.

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It is the last privately owned grocery in the neighborhood. The Caliskan family have owned the business for 28 years and three generations.

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Earlier this year, the family were informed the store was going to be turned into condos. Kreuzberg was once a poor area populated by many Turkish migrants. A lot of families can no longer afford the rent and are having to move.

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"This shop has been here 28 years. It is part of the street I grew up on and it is especially a part of Kreuzberg. Twenty-eight years of hard work are in this shop. And if you are going to close this shop, not only the owner and his existence is at stake — the local residents are also affected. This shop is part of so many stories, it is even part of a movie — when you shut down this shop, you are shutting down a part of Kreuzberg."

The local community has come together in an attempt to save the store from closure.

Drittes Mittwochtreffen #bizimkiez, die Menge wächst:

The campaign is called #BizimKiez, a combination of German and Turkish that means "Our Neighborhood".

Every Wednesday evening, residents have gathered to demonstrate against gentrification. The group have created a website advising other residents and the media how best they can help the cause.

#BizimKiez part 4. #BizimBakkal : http://t.co/jSG4CP4X1l

Signs of solidarity with Bizim Bakkal can be seen everywhere.

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The family have been given until the end of September to vacate the premises. #BizimKiez suggests the Wrangel neighborhood has every intention of supporting the family in the coming months.

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Rachael Krishna is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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Sebastian Fiebrig ist Editorial Director bei BuzzFeed Deutschland und lebt in Berlin

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