Woodchester Mall: need to shop....
This strip mall was all we had time for on the day we arrived. My wife has a need to shop almost everyday, whether she buys something or not.
Woodchester Mall had a Flowers & More, Subway, a Korean Diner, a European Bakery, a gift shop (can't recall the name but my wife liked it), 123 Computer Store (which I actually liked), Mulligins Restaurant and a local department store.
We wasted a half hour there and it was enough to curb her shopping craving.
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Square One: Ontario's Shopping and entertainment capital
After Edmonton Mall was recategorized as an Entertainment Centre, Square One has been declared Canada's biggest shopping centre.
Wall Mart, Zellers, Sears and Bay are the 4 anchor stores. Located over two floors, there are many other stores of branded products, designer clothes, and services. Foodcourt with international cuisine is located on the 1st floor and Studio 10 Empire Theaters, which also show Indian and Arabic movies, are on the 2nd floor.
There is ample parking on 4 sides of the Mall. Chapters book store, playdium, quality restaurants (Alice Fazooli, Canyon Creek and Jack Asstors) and Living Arts Centre are located at walking distances.
What to buy: Square One is a good place to buy branded clothes, electronic equipment, arts and crafts and many items for hobbyists.
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- Hiking and Walking
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Heartland Stores: Ontario's outdoor shopping capital
If Square One is Canada's biggest indoor shopping and entertainment centre then Heartland is its biggest outdoor shopping district. Many of the branded products stores of Square One have their outlets here, so do the large space requiring retailers and service providers like Rona, Canadian Tire, HomeDepot, Staples, Best Buy, Sportscheck, etc.
Wall Mart, Zellers, Bay and Sears are conspicuous by their absance here, but LobLaws has huge presence.
Many restaurants of finest quality are present: Milestones, Tuckers Marketplace, Baton Rouge, Swiss Chalet and many more.
What to buy: Designer clothes, branded products, and services.
Roots and Danier Leather have their factory outlets here.
For electronic and domestic appliances, you can either go to Future Shop or Best Buy, both owned by the latter company.
For interior decoration - you have Home Sense, Pier 1, and Bowring.
For Home and Garden - Rona, Canadian Tire, and Home Depot.
For sports items - Sports Mart and SportsChek, both now owned by the same company.
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- Hiking and Walking
Square One Shopping Centre: Plan a day!
Ok...make sure plan a day to go shopping at this mall if you haven't been here before! This place is HUGE and they are still adding onto it. You can find pretty much anything at Square One Mall. It is Ontario's Largest Mall!
You have to see if for yourself and I am not lying when I tell you.. plan a day!
The hours are below to help you fit this great mall into your travel plans.
Mon - Fri 10am - 9pm
Sat 9:30am - 6pm
Some facts about Square One (this is located on their site)
With the reclassification of the West Edmonton Mall as an entertainment complex, Square One is now the largest retail shopping centre in Canada.
Square One was in existence before Mississauga. With the shopping centre's grand opening in October of 1973, this makes it one year older than Mississauga, which was incorporated in 1974.
Square One is home to the largest Wal-Mart in the world (two floors and 220, 000 square feet).
Square One was originally to be named "Huron Square".
Nance MacDonald, General Manager for Square One, was the youngest female mall manager in Canada when she was appointed to the position in 1978.
Square One cost $44 million to build--a bargain figure, at the time!
Before a big meeting to attract Bay Street "suits" to invest in the construction of Square One, one of the members of the original management team had to chase a herd of cattle out of the company's parking lot!
In 1978, Square One received the Energy Conservation Recognition Award for its innovative computerized temperature control system, the first in a Canadian mall.
Square One was the official emergency evacuation centre when a freight train carrying propane fuel derailed creating an explosion that threatened the community with its toxic fumes in 1979.
In 1980, at their Los Angeles convention, The International Council of Shopping Centres presented a special Maxi award to Square One for its major assistance during the Mississauga Train dereailment crisis.
Square One Mississauga: Shop in Ontario's largest mall
Square One Shopping Centre has all different kinds of stores from clothing, sports, jewelry, books, flowers, stationary, home furnishing, souvenirs, computers and electronics, bath and beauty, etc.
What to buy: I never understand this part....it says "What to buy." Am I supposed to write down what I think you should buy? I think that's pretty tough since I'm not exactly sure who's going to be reading this.... so... just have fun buying whatever you want ;)
What to pay: It depends what you're buying