Popular downtown Toronto market ceases operations with no immediate plans to reopen
Toronto’s legendary Sunday Antique Market at St. Lawrence is no longer in operation.
The market ran its last show on May 29 after announcing the closure on social media just four days earlier.
For 31 years, locals and tourists have browsed an impressive selection of estate jewellery, silver, antique furniture, kitschy collectibles and rare books every Sunday at the market, which featured dozens of dealers from all over the Greater Toronto Area.
A longtime tenant of St. Lawrence Market’s North Building on Front Street, the antiques show, had been operating at a temporary location under a tent south of St. Lawrence Market’s main building since 2015. The North Building was demolished in 2016 and construction on a more modern replacement structure is underway.
The neighbourhood has been plagued by traffic problems as work on the North Building continues and adjacent Jarvis Street undergoes repairs.
Owner Marlene Cook posted on the Sunday Antique Market’s Facebook page that the city’s decision to make nearby Market Street pedestrian only is going to further choke out people who want to travel to the area by car.
Keeping the market operational during the pandemic and associated lockdowns was also challenging, she said.
Cook noted the Sunday Antique Market had not been invited back as a tenant to the North Building once construction is finished. The new building is expected to open in the first quarter of 2023.
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