As people bustled about Station Street Markets in Subiaco yesterday to stock up on fruit and vegetables, a crowd at a trestle table outside was the only obvious sign of the markets' uncertain future.
Behind the table, Islam Bouyahia continued the fight he took on to keep the markets open after plans to redevelop the site were announced this month.
Mr Bouyahia, who worked at the markets, said more than 14,000 people signed a petition and 8000 "liked" the Save Subiaco Market Facebook page.
He said the best outcome would be for the existing markets to stay until a new site was found.
"A city without a market is unthinkable," Mr Bouyahia said. "Subiaco needs a new market within its facilities."
Amelia Spence, of Scarborough, said she went to the markets every weekend to support the stallholders rather than big supermarkets.
"We will be going to some other fruit and vegetable market if it closes," Ms Spence said.
The petition will be sent to the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority.