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 4 (3 in operation) (Walmart Supercentre,
Hudson's Bay, La Maison Simons
Total retail floor area 1,610,216 square feet (149,594.0 m2)
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 1,700,000 square feet (160,000 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, 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 from 1975 through 2013. In 2014 the farmers market relocated to the parking lot at 3 Robert Speck Parkway, just one block east of Hurontario Street and renamed itself as The Mississauga Central Lions Club "Lions Farmers Market". Current details on the Lions Farmers Market may be found at http://LionsFarmersMkt.com. The Market is open from 8am - 4pm on Sundays, between early June and late October annually. 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.


Excavation of the Square One site began in 1969.[citation needed]

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, and a new Eaton's department store.[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]

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. 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]

Food Central opened to the public on 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.[5]

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 theatre 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.

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


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 abandoned Target space), with four 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) Replaced with Simons.
  • Ashbrook's[8] (Closed Late 1990s; currently part of Cityside Expansion)
  • Marks & Spencer[8] (Closed Late 1990s)
  • Dominion (supermarket) (Original Anchor; Closed and Demolished)
  • Target (2013-2015) (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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