Next year, the Eaton Centre will be open on Easter Sunday, which brings Toronto one day closer to having year-round retail beyond your local mini mart. Here are a few of the major departures from banker’s hours.
1929: First 24-hour store
Sunkist Fruit market at Danforth and Carlaw doesn’t have enough space to hold its increasing quantity of food, so it opens 24/7 in order to leave its food outside of the store at all times.
Dec. 5, 1991: First Sunday shopping
After more than 15 years of lobbying, over 100 stores charged with illegal openings (in a single day), and endless counts of merchants finding their way around the rules, Ontario shops are allowed to serve the post-church-going masses.
Jan. 1, 1996: First holiday shopping
The Eaton Centre gets five more shopping days—New Year’s Day, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, and Thanksgiving—by qualifying as a tourist attraction.
Dec. 26, 1996: First proper Boxing Day sale
Toronto’s approval of citywide Boxing Day shopping goes into effect. Every store downtown (the part of the city formerly known as Metro) now qualifies for special tourist exemptions on Dec. 26 under the Retail Business Holidays Act.
Jan. 1, 2007: First widespread holiday exemption
The entire City of Toronto is effectively declared a tourist attraction exempt from the Retail Business Holiday Act, shifting the power to determine retail holiday hours from the province to city council.
March 31, 2013: First Easter Sunday shopping
The Eaton Centre will be open on Easter Sunday for the first time ever.