Square One Opens ‘Luxury Wing’ Expansion [Photos]

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Mississauga’s Square One revealed its south expansion yesterday, which is anchored by flagship Holt Renfrew and Harry Rosen stores. The expansion features dramatic high ceilings and a number of retailers previously unavailable in Mississauga. 

The retail wing spans about 75,000 square feet, not including the 130,000+ square foot Holt Renfrew which will open some time this summer. Retailers in the new wing include: Alex and AniBen Sherman (Canada’s second full-priced location), Club Monacokate spade new yorkMarc CainPapyrusRolex by Raffi Jewellers, Starbucks (featuring Reserve Coffee), Stuart Weitzman and Wolford. BCBC, Michael Kors, and Harry Rosen all relocated from other parts of the mall into the new south expansion, and we’ll be profiling Harry Rosen’s Square one store in a separate article. Also, Jamie’s Italian, the restaurant concept by Jamie Oliver, will be opening some time this year. 

According to mall General Manager Greg Taylor, the mall’s landlords (Oxford Property Group/AIMCo) have spent $480 million since 2013 to revamp and expand the centre, primarily between the new La Maison Simons at the north end (Opening March 17) and the new south expansion. Mr. Taylor also revealed that in January of this year, the mall reached a milestone with sales of $1,002 per square foot, making it Canada’s 10th most productive shopping centre

The mall’s high ceilings and ample windows (including the grand rotunda) highlight Mississauga’s dynamic, changing downtown, according to Mr. Taylor. The city’s skyline, Living Arts Centre and Art Gallery of Mississauga are all visibly nearby, creating a sense of proximity and community. 

Mr. Taylor discussed the mall’s updated 863-space climate-controlled underground parking component, which includes bay-by-bay space availability indicators. Square One has also introduced valet parking to the south wing, which is the second valet parking component to the centre. The valet service conveniently  allows vehicle drop off and pick up from alternate valet locations. 

Mr. Taylor also revealed that a further five or six retailers will soon be revealed for the new south expansion. Longer-term, Oxford Properties will continue to redevelop the centre, including the mall’s former Target store space, with details to follow. 

Canadian Retail News From Around The Web: March 2, 2016

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Craig Patterson
Located in Toronto, Craig is the Editor-in-Chief of Retail Insider and President/CEO of Retail Insider Media Ltd. He is also a retail analyst and consultant, Director of Applied Research at the University of Alberta School of Retailing in Edmonton, and consultant to the Retail Council of Canada. He has studied the Canadian retail landscape for over 25 years and he holds Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws Degrees.

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