Market is gone after 55 years
Thurs.2.7.20 Melbourne 'Herald Sun'
EASTERN suburbs institution Caribbean Market has been forced to shut for good after 55 years.
Management made the announcement on its website confirming the Scoresby market — including the rides and playgrounds — would not be reopening after the forced COVID-19 suspension earlier this year. But the Caribbean Rollerama would reopen.
“Today, management confirmed the closure of its iconic Caribbean Market,” the post said.
“Unfortunately, as a privately-run market under the current circumstances it is unviable to reopen.”
The post said while no immediate plans had been put in place to replace the market, the land was part of a 200ha future masterplan.
“Established in the 1970s, Caribbean Market has welcomed over 40 million visitors and for decades has been the benchmark for family fun and entertainment,” the post said.
“Although this is a hard decision and a sad time, we must celebrate the market’s achievement and thank each and every customer, stall holder, visitor and staff for their partnership and for making Caribbean Market the icon it became.”
On its Facebook page fans and stall holders of the popular market have begged for it to reopen.
Caribbean Gardens and Market site has been owned by the Spooner family since 1942, and was originally used as a dairy farm.
In 1966 they developed an outdoor activity park, then a decade later opened the market, starting with fruit and vegetable stalls.
Over the years, waterski shows have been held at the lake with rides and attractions.