Square One Shopping Centre
|Location||Mississauga, Ontario, Canada|
|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)|
|No. of floors||2|
|Public transit access||City Centre Transit Terminal, Square One Bus Terminal|
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.
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.
Excavation of the Square One site began in 1969. Construction was finished in 1973, where the mall was first opened to the public.
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.
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.
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.
On June 27, 2013, Empire Theatres announced that they will be selling their theatre at Square One to Landmark Cinemas. On October 29, 2013, Empire Theatres closed and reopened as Landmark Cinemas on October 31, 2013.
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.
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. 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.
The Square One Shopping Centre has five anchor stores (including the vacant Target space), with four of them currently in operation:
- Walmart Supercentre (244,664 sq ft (22,730 m2)) (formerly Woolco)
- Hudson's Bay (191,011 sq ft (17,746 m2))
- La Maison Simons (113,000 sq ft)) (previously Sears)
- Holt Renfrew (120,000 sq ft (11,148 m2)) 
Former Anchor Stores
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 (Closed Late 1990s; currently part of Cityside Expansion)
- Marks & Spencer (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.
- Oxford Properties
- "Square One Shopping Centre". Oxford Properties. Retrieved 2013-03-03.
- "Wayback Machine- Square One Upper Level Floor Plan from 1997". Internet Archive. 2015-01-16. Archived from the original on April 13, 1997. Retrieved 2015-01-16.
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