Square One: A Historic Landmark, Heartbeat of our City

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January 30, 2023


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Author: Tourism Mississauga

For almost 50 years, Square One Shopping Centre has served as the pinnacle of Mississauga’s city centre. Helping to put Mississauga on the map for visitors the world over and drawing crowds that drive guests to nearby businesses and attractions across the city. Completed in 1973 by local visionary Bruce McLaughlin, the Mississauga that we know today has grown around this important landmark, with Mayor Hazel McCallion choosing to locate the new City Hall nearby, forming the downtown core.

Today, Square One is an essential, vibrant thread woven into the fabric of our community. Sprawling across 2.2 million square feet, it’s not only Ontario’s largest shopping centre, it’s also a fully-fledged entertainment and leisure destination. Featuring over 100+ dining options including The Food District, an elevated dining experience inspired by classic food emporiums, as well as entertainment offerings like The Rec Room and GYGO, it’s no surprise that it welcomes 24 million visitors annually.

“It’s impossible to overstate the importance of Square One to our city and our community,” said Tourism Mississauga CEO, Victoria Clarke. “Not only is it a key amenity for local residents, it is a designated tourist destination with tremendous draw for guests year-round. This visitor audience has a ripple effect on all of the nearby hotels, tourist destinations, restaurants and local businesses. Many visitors come to Mississauga specifically to shop at Square One and then discover so much more”

Along with its close proximity to transportation hubs, including Pearson international airport and major highways, Square One’s broad appeal is part of what makes it a popular tourism destination. With over 330 shops, it houses the biggest names in luxury goods, including Holt Renfrew, Apple, and Tiffany & Co., along with a vast array of shopping options. Beyond beloved brands, it also offers unique experiences, from artisan markets to pop-up shops and immersive attractions like the World of Barbie.  

“The shopping landscape is evolving, so providing a unique, engaging customer experience, along with a diverse range of stores and restaurants, is critical,” said Lesley Boughen, Senior Tourism Manager , Oxford Properties Group. “Square One is known for its dedication to providing innovative, fashion-forward experiences and, that is why visitors return, to discover Square One, and the city”

The untold economic benefits it provides to the larger community are immeasurable.

From its long-standing history, to its central location, Square One is truly at the heart of Mississauga.

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