Square One Shopping Centre

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Coordinates: 43°35′35″N 79°38′34″W / 43.59306°N 79.64278°W / 43.59306; -79.64278

Square One Shopping Centre
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Location Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Opening date 1973
Developer OMERS/Oxford Properties Group
Management OMERS/Oxford Properties Group
Owner OMERS/Oxford Properties Group
No. of stores and services 360+
No. of anchor tenants 4 (Walmart Supercentre, The Bay, Sears, Target)
Total retail floor area 1,610,216 square feet (149,594.0 m2)
No. of floors 2
Website www.shopsquareone.com

Square One Shopping Centre is a shopping mall located in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. It is one of the largest shopping malls in Canada and the largest mall in Ontario, with over 1,600,000 square feet (150,000 m2) of retail space and more than 360 stores and services. On average, the mall is visited by 21 million people each year.[citation needed]

Square One is located at 100 City Centre Drive in central Mississauga, about 28 km (17 mi) from Downtown Toronto and 16 km (9.9 mi) from Toronto Pearson International Airport. Square One's location is adjacent to the interchange of Highway 403 and Hurontario Street.

The mall is near the Mississauga Civic Centre, the Mississauga Living Arts Centre, residential condominiums, Mississauga's Central Library, a Chapters bookstore, a 13-screen Cineplex Cinemas movie theatre featuring an IMAX screen and a 10-screen Landmark Cinemas movie theatre.

Located within the mall grounds is the main terminal of MiWay (formerly Mississauga Transit) bus network, which was opened in 1997, and a Peel Regional Police station, which was opened in 2002.

The Mississauga Central Lions Club has managed a large farmers market in the parking lots adjacent to Square One since 1975, on Fridays and Sundays, between June and early November. One of the largest farmers markets in Ontario the market is now situated in the parking lot of the Cineplex Cinemas Mississauga (formerly Coliseum Mississauga) at 309 Rathburn Road West. Over its history the market has been in five sites around Square One: first by Mississaugas first City Hall (demolished many years ago), then it was at the far north end of the Walmart Supercentre parking lot for many years, in 2006 it moved to the south side of the mall, to the parking lot adjacent to the Mississauga Civic Centre. For the 2007 season, the market was moved again, this time to a larger location at the northwest parking lot of the mall, near what was then the Zellers store which was taken over by Target in 2013. In anticipation of this takeover the market was moved to its current location.

Square One is owned and managed by the OMERS Realty Management Corporation through the Oxford Properties Group.

History[edit]

Excavation of the Square One site began in 1969. The mayor of Mississauga, Hazel McCallion, who at that time was mayor of the nearby Village of Streetsville (now part of Mississauga), attended the ground-breaking ceremony, which was held in the middle of a hayfield. The mall predates the City of Mississauga by one year. Mississauga's city centre has since grown around Square One, as planned prior to construction.

A bird's-eye view of Square One Shopping Centre, as of 2004.

Major construction finished in mid-1973, having cost $44 million. In October 1973, Square One opened, having 169 shops and services, including four major retailers: Dominion, Sears, The Bay and Woolco (a subsidiary of Woolworth's). At the time of its opening, it was the third largest shopping mall in the world.

During the 1980s, the mall underwent numerous expansions, adding 80 more stores and over a million square feet to the property, Dominion closing for more mall space, and a new Eaton's department store. On March 17, 1994, the Woolco location was converted and expanded into one of the world's largest Walmart stores at the time (2 floors, 244,664 sq ft (23,000 m2)). Following the bankruptcy of the Eaton's chain in 1999, Eaton's was converted into Canada's largest Zellers location. Since March 2013, the location has been occupied by Target.

Between 2000 and 2003, a new expansion termed Cityside was completed. This latest expansion added 320,000 square feet (30,000 m2) of retail space to the mall, and an additional 370,000 square feet (34,000 m2) for parking. New stores opened included Old Navy, Home Outfitters and Tommy Hilfiger. A new Cineplex Odeon movie theatre was also opened. In 2005, the theatre was bought by the Empire Theatres chain. Cineplex sold the theatre to comply with competition laws following Cineplex's buy-out of the Famous Players theatre chain.

In 2004/2005, a major $33-million style renovation of much of the mall began. Besides giving much of the original parts of the mall a new look and feel, the renovation project divided Square One into three distinct "neighbourhood" areas, with carpeted "transition areas" located in between. The major phase of the renovation was completed in November 2006.

To coincide with the renovation, several new stores were opened including H&M, Swarovski, Sephora, FCUK and Marciano.

In 2008, a portion of land in the northeast corner of the city centre region was developed into a series of small box stores: Boston Pizza, Panera Bread, Running Room, Spence Diamonds, and the LCBO.

On August 15, 2009, there was an Apple Store on the 2nd floor of the mall in between Aritzia and Tommy Denim. In September 2010, Victoria's Secret opened a store across the hall from Aritzia, marking its arrival into the Ontario market.

During the summer of 2009, work began on the next phase of development. The northeast parking lot, behind Walmart was converted into a series of box stores with a reduced amount of parking, including a Whole Foods Market, Crate & Barrel, an unnamed restaurant and two still unassigned stores.[1]

In July 2011, it was announced that the Walmart inside the mall was going to be completely renovated by turning the store into a Walmart Supercentre by repainting the entrances, taking off the previous logo in the entrances, adding the Walmart Supercentre logo, and moving merchandise around to add more space for the fresh produce section.

In January 2013, Square One started a major renovation on the main corridor from the Target store to the centre court/food court. Burger King and Bowring were forced to move due to the expansion of the food court across from the existing food court. Expected to be done during Fall 2013. Square One will also expand by adding its concept Grand Centre Court, which will add at least (220,000 sq ft (20,439 m2)) square feet extra.[2]

On June 14, 2013, Sears Canada announced that it will be closing its store at Square One and Yorkdale as of March 9, 2014.[3]

On June 27, 2013, Empire Theatres announced that they will be selling their theatre at Square One to Landmark Cinemas.[4] On October 29, 2013, Empire Theatres closed and reopened as Landmark Cinemas on October 31, 2013.

On December 6, 2013, La Maison Simons announced that it will be taking over most of the space occupied by Sears, with a flagship store opening in Spring 2016.[5]

Gallery[edit]

Part of the second floor, located behind Target. These were some of the changes due to the renovation.

Anchor stores[edit]

The Square One Shopping Centre has five anchor stores:[6]

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