The Pickering Markets has closed its doors for good amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“COVID-19 has taken its toll on so many small businesses and we were no exception to its cruel effects,” the statement said. “We feel for every single business that has or is currently going through these tough decisions.”
“For us this was not a decision that came lightly.”
The Pickering Markets opened in 1973, and was the “largest marketplace in the greater Toronto area,” according to its website.
With hundreds of vendors, from food stalls to personal care services to jewelry stores, the marketplace provided a home to small GTA businesses for 47 years.
Since 2013, Pickering Markets has also featured a 22,000 square foot antiques market. Roadshow Antiques South – the “premiere” spot for antiques and collectibles – will be closing along with the main market.
According to its website, the antiques market was informed of the closure along with the public on December 26.
“We are as shocked as you to hear this news,” they said.