Scoresby’s Caribbean Gardens will close down after 55 years of operation citing financial strain from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The market and garden in Melbourne’s east has been closed since initial lockdown measures took effect.

According to the market’s operators, its five-and-a-half decade history has seen over 40 million people wander its stalls and surrounding grounds.

The spread of COVID-19 led to the market’s closure for the first time in its history.

The news was broken via the market’s Facebook page, in a post that attracted thousands of comments from dismayed from dismayed fans.

“I vote we approach the state government to get them to protect this Melbourne institution,” wrote one punter.

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Another wrote: “Oh no! I hope the gardens and attractions will be able to be saved and reopened after the pandemic has passed.”

However, not everybody viewed the market with rose-tinted glasses, with some commenting on the prevalence of allegedly counterfeit goods.

“I remember the place in the 1980s and was enthralled by it. Went there again a few years ago and found it a den of counterfeit DVDs and assorted junk. Maybe the eyes of an adult, maybe the place had just gone to crap,” wrote another.

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