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.png
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 5 (4 in operation) (Walmart Supercentre,
Hudson's Bay, La Maison Simons, Holt Renfrew
Total retail floor area 2,200,000 square feet (200,000 m2)[1]
No. of floors 2
Public transit access City Centre Transit Terminal, Square One Bus Terminal
Website www.shopsquareone.com

Square One Shopping Centre is a shopping centre located in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. It is the second largest shopping centre in Canada and the largest shopping centre in Ontario, with over 2,200,000 square feet (200,000 m2) of retail space and more than 360 stores and services.[citation needed]

Square One is located at 100 City Centre Drive in Downtown 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, Playdium, 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.

History[edit]

Excavation of the Square One site began in 1969. Construction was finished in 1973, where the mall was first opened to the public.

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

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, the removal of the Open Air Court to make way for the current food court, and a new Eaton's department store.[citation needed]

On 1994, Walmart acquired most of the leases of Woolco stores (except for downtown and unionized locations), and that included the Square One location of Woolco. In the same year, this space was converted into a Walmart (stylized as WAL-MART at that time).

On the late 1990s, some stores such as Ashbrook's and Mark and Spencer were closed in order to make way for the Cityside expansion.

On 1999, Eaton's filled for bankruptcy, closing their location at Square One. Zellers took over the space in 2000.

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, Boston Pizza, an unnamed restaurant and two still unassigned stores.[2]

During January 2011, Target acquired the leases of most Zellers stores, including their location at Square One. Zellers closed in June 2012 and the store was renovated into a Target, which was opened to the public on March 30th, 2013.

On June 2011, a major renovation occurred at the Walmart location, with the intention to convert it into a Supercentre -- the remodelling process was completed around late 2011. Aisles such as entertainment and cosmetics were moved in order to make way for the produce section. Two elevators were also added.

On 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. The scenic elevator and the fountain were removed and replaced with two escalators. This renovation was completed 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.[3]

On June 14, 2013, Sears Canada announced that it will be closing its store at Square One and Yorkdale as of March 9, 2014.[4]

On June 27, 2013, Empire Theatres announced that they will be selling their theatre at Square One to Landmark Cinemas.[5] On October 29, 2013, Empire Theatres closed and reopened as Landmark Cinemas on October 31, 2013.[citation needed]

Food Central opened to the public in October 2013. Compared to the previous food court, the decor is fancy and luxurious -- new chairs, stools, and couches were added. Also, new restaurants like Amaya, Burger King, Chipotle, Su & Shi, Big Smoke Burger, Shanghai 360, Sushi-Q and Schezuan Express were added.

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.[6]

During September 2014, Square One completed its Northwest Expansion, adding stores/restaurants such as Old Navy, Shoppers Drug Mart, Aroma's Expresso Bar and Moxie's Grill and Bar.

Around early October, Landmark Cinemas announced that it would not be renewing its lease with the mall and that the theater itself would be closing on October 3, 2014.[citation needed] Currently, there is nothing occupying the vacant area as of yet.

On January 2015, Target announced that it would close all their stores, including their location at Square One. This left a huge gap of unused space that as of this day hasn't been occupied since.

Construction also occurred during late 2015, closing down the large Dollarama store, (now relocated next to Flight Centre) as well as Home Outfitters in Square One's underground floor, to make way for Holt Renfrew and the South Expansion, which opened on July 28, 2016. Due to this, Old Navy was relocated to the Northwest Expansion.

Gallery[edit]

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

Anchor stores[edit]

The Square One Shopping Centre has five anchor stores (including the vacant Target space), with four of them currently in operation:[7]

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 after its closure.)
  • Sears (145,202 sq ft (13,490 m2)) (1973- March 9, 2014) (Replaced with Simons.)
  • Ashbrook's[9] (Closed Late 1990s; currently part of Cityside Expansion)
  • Marks & Spencer[9] (Closed Late 1990s)
  • Dominion (Original anchor; closed and demolished during the 1980s. Now mall space.)
  • Target (2013-2015) (164,000 sq ft (15,236 m2)) (Replaced Zellers; Closed April 2015, now it's an empty space)
  • Woolco (1973-1994) Woolco was acquired by Walmart, thus closing this location.

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