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    Square One Vision Centre

    As Square One Shopping Centre proudly celebrates five-decades, we invite you to step into the future and be the first to experience Square One’s Vision Centre.  A space dedicated to discovering the next generation destination, Square One District. This space will serve as a hub for information and inspiration to explore and discover what’s next, because at Square One, 50 years means we’re just getting started!

    Square One 50th Anniversary Vision Centre

    To celebrate Square One’s 50th, we are taking a trip down memory lane with some never-before-seen archival photos of the shopping centre. Join us for a nostalgic journey back to the early days of Square One and see how our centre has evolved over the years.

    Follow @ShopSquareOne to enjoy more of these moments from the past, present and future and don’t forget to share your memories too #SQ1x50

    Special thank you to Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives (PAMA) for their contribution of archival content. Learn more at pama.peelregion.ca 

    The Beginning

    Bruce McLaughlin, the visionary behind Square One Shopping Centre and affectionately known as the “father of Mississauga”. The McLaughlin family purchased a 242-acre farm in 1939. It was Bruce’s vision to create and transform the area into a thriving urban centre by breaking ground on Square One in 1969.

    Picture of man with a architectural model

    Newspaper ad for mall opening

    Mall entrance on opening day with people

    Opening Day

    On October 3, 1973, Square One Shopping Centre opened its doors, marking a historic moment as Canada’s largest and the world’s third-largest shopping centre at the time. With over one million square feet of retail space, it ushered in a new era of shopping with 170 stores and 4 anchor stores including The Bay, Simpsons-Sears, Woolco and Dominion.


    Architecturally designed for convenience, the centre featured four spacious malls forming a perfect square, ensuring effortless navigation for shoppers. The heart of Square One was the Garden Court, with lush gardens, fountains and a bandshell while other amenities included a skating rink & cinemas.

    Water fountain

    Square One Mall entrance rendering

    Two people with cardboard


    Square One Shopping Centre embarked on a significant period of expansion, incorporating over 80 new stores and expanding its retail space by an impressive 1M sq.ft. In 1987, Square One demonstrated its commitment to sustainability by introducing one of Canada’s earliest mall recycling programs,


    This was a time 1990s was defined by Square One embracing the influence of pop culture, the centre hosted celebrity appearances, fashion shows, and community events.

    Mall corridor with art piece

    exterior aerial of Square One Shopping Centre

    Mall corridor with blue outlined skylight


    Between 2000-2003 Square One witnessed the birth of “Cityside,” an expansive addition that brought 320K square feet of retail, a state-of-the-art Cineplex Odeon and Hazel’s Walk. The rotunda stood as a beacon in the heart of Mississauga.


    This decade solidified Square One’s status as a premier shopping destination with the 2013 Centre Court & Food Central renovation, the 2014 North Expansion, arrival of Simons, Holt Renfrew & South Expansion in 2016 and The Food District and The Rec Room in 2019.

    Mall construction site with crane

    stage with two women, women in audience

    Dr Seuss costumed character posing with 2 guys & a girl

    Creating Community, Culture & Experiences

    Square One is more than a shopping centre; it’s a place for people in the community to gather. It plays host to cultural markets, culinary pop-ups, and events that celebrate the area’s vibrant diversity.

    Birthday Offers

    Celebrate your birthday with us! Here is a list of Square One retailers who have offers exclusively available on your special day.


    Find a full list of retailers and their offers below.

    Aldo – Sign up for “Aldo Crew” and receive a 20% off birthday treat.

    Aldo AccessoriesSign up for “Aldo Crew” and receive a 20% off birthday treat.

    American Eagle OutfittersSign up and receive 15% off birthday coupon.

    ArdeneSign up and receive 15% during your birthday month.

    Baskin RobbinsSign up for “Club 31” to receive birthday coupon for: Buy a 2.5 oz scoop or 3 oz soft serve cone and get the second one free and $5 off a 20+ cake. 5 days before and 5 days after your actual birthday.

    Booster Juice – Booster Rewards App subscribers receive a free smoothie regular size (710mL) from the Classics category on their birthday. Subscribers must sign up a minimum of 7 days prior to their birth date.

    Boston Pizza – Sign up for Boston Pizza’s “My BP” and receive a free dessert.

    Build-A-Bear – Sign up for Build-A-Bear Bonus Club to receive “Count Your Candles” when visiting the Workshop during your child’s birthday month, receive a Build-A-Bear.

    Chatime – Sign up and get a free drink, 7 days before and after birthday.

    Call It Spring – Subscribe to emails and receive a special treat on your birthday.

    Dynamite – Receive 30% off on your birthday when you sign up.

    Foot Locker/ Kids Foot Locker – Sign up for rewards and receive $10 off a $50 purchase.

    GAP – Free surprise gift during your birthday month once subscribed.

    Garage – Receive 30% off on your birthday when you sign up.

    GUESS – Double the points earned during your birthday month.

    H&M – Members receive 25% off the week of their birthday.

    Hot Topic – $5 birthday reward for rewards members, must sign up a minimum of 7 days prior to their birth date.

    Indigo – Receive bonus rewards on your birthday and Plum anniversary.

    Jack Astor’s – Join the loyalty program for a free birthday dessert.

    Journey’s – Sign up and get a gift during your birthday month.

    Kernels – Sign up for a points card and receive 500 points for your birthday after purchase.

    L’Occitane – Sign up to receive a birthday gift (with purchase) during birthday month.

    La Senza – Join “Club La Senza” to receive a birthday gift.

    Lacoste – Sign up to “Le Club Lacoste” for an exclusive discount valid on your entire order.

    Laura – Exclusive birthday offer once signed up for Style Rewards.

    Levi’s – Become a member to receive bonus coins for your birthday.

    Lids – Receive a birthday offer once signed up for Access Pass.

    MAC Cosmetics – Become a member and receive one free birthday gift.

    Melanie Lyne – Exclusive birthday offer once signed up for Style Rewards.

    Michael Hill – Michael Hill Brilliance members receive a birthday rewards.

    Moxies – Free dessert on your birthday.

    Muji – Join Muji Rewards to receive bonus birthday points on your birthday.

    New York Fries – Free* Regular Size Fries on your birthday! When you sign up to NYF Fry Society loyalty program.

    Nutrition House – Receive a special offer during your birthday month.

    Old Navy – Free surprise gift during your birthday month once subscribed.

    Pandora – Pandora Club members receive a one-time 15% discount during their birthday month.

    Panera Bread – Sign up for Panera Bread “MyPanera” and receive a free sweet treat on your birthday.

    RW&Co – Sign up to RWInsider to receive a birthday discount of $25.

    Scaddabush – Free dessert on your birthday.

    Sephora – Become a Beauty Insider to receive a birthday gift during your birth month.

    Shoppers Drug Mart – Become a member and receive a coupon for 8,000 Optimum points. Treat yourself to a free makeover or beauty consultation as well.

    Starbucks – Members receive a free drink on their birthday.

    Subway – Receive a free cookie when signed up on the Subway app.

    Sunglass Hut – Loyalty members receive a special birthday offer.

    Swarovski – Receive 15% off on your birthday.

    The Body Shop – Receive a $10 reward during your birthday month.

    Tim Hortons – Surprise free treat for rewards members on their birthday.

    Torrid – Become an insider and receive a special offer.

    Uniqlo – Members receive a birthday coupon on your birthday month.

    Urban Outfitters – UO Rewards members receive a 15% off discount code on their birthday. Valid for the whole month.

    Yogen Fruz – Receive 5000 points on your birthday.

    Zumiez – Receive a special offer on your birthday.

    50th Anniversary Special Menu Items and Promotions:

    The Alley: Signature Drink – The Golden 50 with flavours of lavender, lime and jasmine green tea

    Hale Coffee: Signature Drink – Fall Spice Latte

    La Carnita: Signature Dish – Mango Salad in Lime Cilantro Dressing

    PalettAmerica: Special Promotion – buy 3, pay for 2 ice cream bars

    Roy woods: Special Combo

    Sweet Jesus: Signature Cone