"The spread of metro markets is attributable mainly to the tense security situation in the areas that were designated as sites for 'one-day markets', which are squares turned into shopping areas to curb the roaming vendor phenomenon," Raed al-Salmouni, a markets inspector in Cairo province, told Al-Shorfa.
"Vendors have spread out once again and have found metro stations to be great locations for plying their trade," he said.
Some metro stations have been observed to do brisk business, he said, such as Sadat station, the main station in Tahrir Square, al-Ataba and al-Shuhada metro stations, as well as others in lower income areas such as Dar el-Salam, al-Marg, Faisal and Halwan.
Additionally, a marked increase has been observed in the number of cart vendors selling sandwiches and foul (fava beans), a staple of low-income citizens.
(Waleed Abu al-Khair / Al-Shorfa)