Mr Bouyahia said Station Street Market stallholders felt betrayed that management continued to rent out shop space and some stallholders felt false hope that the markets might stay open.
�It was just them buying time to generate more revenue; this is what happens when a market is privately owned,� he said.
�I think it comes down to community apathy; people were happy to like the Facebook page or sign the petition, but there was no follow-up or real action.
�There is a possible alternative (Markets on Rokeby) that some stallholders could move to. But markets in Subiaco will never be the same again.�
Karutz Smallgoods owner Rodney Bates said he and fellow stallholders were gradually coming to terms with the news that Station Street Markets would definitely close. �No-one is happy, but if it�s over then its over,� Mr Bates said.