Starting today, the hours of operation at St. Lawrence Market will be extended.
The well-known international food market will now be open on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. as of July 31. Additionally, it will be open from Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Holiday hours could change.
Following a review of the market’s hours of operation that included public feedback and an assessment of how “operation enhancement can better serve residents of Toronto and tourists to the city,” the City of Toronto recently decided to extend market hours as part of a one-year trial project.
“The revised hours of operation will make the market more accessible, with service hours that meet visitors’ changing needs and preferences. The changes include having the market open on Sundays, and later morning opening times and later evening closing times on weekdays,” they said in a release.
“As the Toronto economy recovers, the market is now able to relaunch expanded hours of operation.”
The city said the outcome of this pilot will “inform a more permanent operating schedule for the remainder of 2023 and beyond.”
Merchants were given three months advance notice of these changes. Management has and will continue to work with merchants to help them find staff needed to “sufficiently operationalize the new hours of operation.”
In March 2020, St. Lawrence Market was in the process of launching a pilot project to expand its hours of operation, however that initiative was paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, the market’s hours of operation were modified and actually reduced to align with COVID-19 health and safety measures.
“In 2020 we pivoted as COVID-19 impacted previous launch plans, now we are moving forward together with this exciting pilot. The new hours of operation pilot project modernizes the market’s operations and ensures that more people – residents and visitors to our city – have the opportunity to experience this amazing, historic Toronto destination,” Mayor John Tory said in a release.
“It’s very exciting that the St. Lawrence Market will be re-launching expanded hours of operation. I want to thank the many businesses who make the market such a special place.”