The 400 Market was started in 1986 as a flea and farmers market to service Simcoe County and to attract travelers of the 400 Highway. Since the 400 Market has opened, successfully, it has increased in size with three expansions, to its present day size of 105,000 sq. ft. Even the vendors became more sophisticated with their merchandise. However, the flair of the old flea market still exits.
Thousands of shoppers pass through the doors every weekend. Fifty per cent of all the visitors to the 400 Market are from outside a fifty mile radius. It's become a landmark on the highway, and a shopping destination which draws people from Toronto to Sudbury.
Wide aisles allow shoppers, particularly parents with baby strollers, easy access, along with shoppers with walkers and wheelchairs.
A real ambience has evolved over the years. For some people, it is the place to bring visitors from out-of-town, or their favorite aunt, who is looking for collectable antiques. For others, it's a place to buy everything from diamond rings and plasma screen televisions. Some products are new to North America and not found anywhere else!
Vendors for the most part, are operating their own businesses at the Market, so friendliness is more than just a slogan. The vendors are the ones responsible for the happy shopping experience, when people visit the famous 400 Market.
The 400 Market is open year round every Saturday and Sunday from 9 to 5 every weekend. There are presently 500 vendors under one roof with an additional outside. The
400 Market also houses a full time Antique Mall that is 30,000 sq. ft. open 7 days all year round from 10 to 5:30 and can be contacted at Roadshow Antiques (705) 436-6222.