Square One Shopping Centre

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This article is about the mall in Mississauga, Ontario. For the mall in Saugus, Massachusetts, see Square One Mall.

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

Square One Shopping Centre
Square One Shopping Centre Logo
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,
Hudson's Bay,
Total retail floor area 1,610,216 square feet (149,594.0 m2)
No. of floors 2
Public transit access Mississauga City Centre Transit Terminal
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.[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, and a 13-screen Cineplex Cinemas movie theatre featuring an IMAX screen.

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. In 2014 the market relocated to the parking lot at 3 Robert Speck Parkway, just one block east of Hurontario Street. In 2014 the Market is open from 8am - 4pm on Sundays, between June 1 and November 2. It remains one of the largest farmers markets in Ontario. Over its history the market has been in five sites around Square One: first by Mississauga's 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). The market was moved last in 2010 to the parking lot of the Cineplex Cinemas Mississauga (formerly Coliseum Mississauga) at 309 Rathburn Road West.

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


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.[citation needed]

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).[citation needed]

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 Wal-Mart 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.[citation needed]

Between 2000 and 2003, a new expansion termed Cityside was completed.[citation needed]

During the summer of 2009, work began on the next phase of development. The north-east 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 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.[citation needed]

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]

On October 1, 2014, Landmark Cinemas announced that it would not be renewing its lease with the mall and that the theatre itself would be closing on October 3, 2014.[citation needed]

On November 1, 2014, Old Navy was relocated near Forever 21 and City Centre Transit Terminal due to the ongoing construction.

On January 15, 2015, Target Canada announced the closure of its Canadian locations, including their location at Square One.


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, with three of them currently in operation:[6]

Former Anchor Stores[edit]

Square One has had many anchor stores throughout its history.

  • Eaton's - (Closed 1999; replaced with Zellers the following year.)
  • Zellers (2000-2012) (Replaced Eaton's; Replaced with Target the following year.)
  • Sears (145,202 sq ft (13,490 m2)) (1973- March 9, 2014) To be replaced with Simons.
  • Ashbrook's[9] (Closed Late 1990s; currently part of Cityside Expansion)
  • Marks & Spencer[9] (Closed Late 1990s)
  • Dominion (supermarket) (Original Anchor; Closed and Demolished)


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