If you frequent Square One Mall in the heart of Mississauga, you’ll be all too aware that the mall has been undergoing seemingly endless construction for the past year or so. As much as that work may seem like nothing but a burden to your shopping experience, it’s actually paving the way, quite literally, for the biggest changes the mall has seen since the huge 2016 expansion.
Perhaps this doesn’t seem like big news or anything worth your time, because Square One has been constantly expanding since the early 2000’s. However this one is a little different, and is likely to make the mall as big as the West Edmonton Mall; the biggest mall in North America. For context, the current biggest mall in the U.S is the King of Prussia Mall in Pennsylvania, which is already smaller than Square One. That said, there is a new mall being built in Florida which will dwarf even the West Edmonton location, by almost double the size.
Anyway, Square One is a big mall as it is, but it’s about to get a hell of a lot bigger and better. The new expansion is coming to Square One in 2019 and it won’t be just dozens of new stores, it’s actually only a few retail stores, and a heaping help of food! So here is what you can expect to see in the coming months and years.
Chapters?! You may be wondering if I’ve been smoking the now-legal Devil’s broccoli! Nope, that’s not for me, but and Chapters will indeed be moving from its current location across the street, right into the mall!
Remember the old Target location out front of the mall? It’s been sitting dormant for some time now but it’s currently under construction. That’s because Chapters will be taking over that space and becoming a far bigger bookstore than it currently is. It’s unclear what will happen to the current Chapters building, and the Starbucks that resides within, but moving beside the mall makes a lot of sense. I imagine the current Indigo location within Square One will stay where it is, but there’s been no word either way. A massive new book store will be a nice addition to the mall.
Earlier this year, we relayed information that massive Japanese retailer, Uniqlo, was coming to Square One. The store will be no small space, so it’s a pretty big deal!
If you’re thinking this store will be similar to the recently opened Miniso, you’d be far off the mark. Uniqlo is more comparable to Simons; a large retailer of casual clothing for men, women, and children. Uniqlo will be up to 15,000 square feet in size, making it one of the biggest clothing stores in the entire mall!
The Food District
Now we’re getting into the really big changes on the way. Square One Mall currently has a big food court, similar to that of the Eaton Centre. There are 26 places to eat in the food court as it stands, not including the various other eateries throughout the mall.
Well, that’s about to be dwarfed by the upcoming Food District. The above artist rendering showcases the massive food area, which will take-up more than 34,000 square feet! There will be dozens of new places to eat, like The Pie Commission, and Square One will become the go-to place for foodies!
It won’t be all about dining experiences however, it will also offer lots of seating arrangements for meet-ups, special locations for book signings, and even cooking classes! The Food District aims to be so much more than a regular food court, and it’s one more way in which Square One Mall is evolving with the times!
The Rec Room
And finally, and arguably most importantly, The Rec Room will be making its way to Square One.
The Rec Room is “Canada’s premier ‘eats & entertainment’ hot spot”, with 44,000 square feet over two floors. Comprising those floors will be multiple restaurants, a gift shop, a hall for live music and comedians, and an entire floor of arcade machines, virtual reality, and physical games like ping pong, pool, and bowling.
This will be the main attraction for the mall moving forward, and it is liable to replace the Playdium across the way as the premiere family entertainment zone.
Square One is undergoing a substantial makeover that is as practical as it is cosmetic. It’s already a fantastic place to shop and eat, but it aims to be one of the very best locations to do-so in all of North America and the world. It’s a very exciting time for Square One that reflects the growth and hype for Mississauga as a city. The future is now!