5 Old School Indoor Malls of Mississauga
Unless you live around these indoor malls, you probably weren’t even aware they existed — or if you were, you weren’t going often enough to appreciate the old school charm.
They definitely don’t build indoor malls like this anymore. They’re pretty much inverted strip plazas with roofs on them and the stores are hidden from the street front.
Most of these malls are actually older than the city of Mississauga and Square One. Each one is worth a visit and has its own personality, carried over from the era in which it was built.
5 - Rockwood Mall
One of the bigger indoor malls in Mississauga is located at Dixie and Burnhamthorpe. This mall was opened in the early 80s. Some of the major retailers are Food Basic and Chuck E Cheese. The indoor part of the Rockwood mall actually has a food court.
Anchor Store: Food Basics
Random Store: Coffee Time in the food court
Opened: Early 80s
4 - Woodchester Mall
Located on Dundas West, Woodchester Plaza has undergone a little bit of a revamp in the last couple of years. Renovations have made it look like a plaza of today and there is a new grocery store that just opened that is giving this indoor mall some life. The LCBO and Beer Store don’t hurt either. Whatever you do, never Google this plaza. I warned you.
Anchor Store: LCBO
Random Store: Mulligan’s Pub
Opened: Early 80s
3 - High Point Mall
Located on the corner of Dixie and Bloor is High Point Mall and you’ll know it by the sign on the building that has not been lit for years. It is home to a Vietnamese grocery store and legendary pizza place that has been around since the mall opened called Luca’s Pizza. Once you walk into the mall, you can kind of tell it’s been around since 1975. It even has a restaurant called Back Alley.
Anchor Store: Luca’s Pizza
Random Store: Back Alley Restaurant
2 - Central Parkway Mall
Located in my hood by The Valley is a mall I know all too well called Central Parkway Mall. The mall you didn’t set foot into in the early 90s unless you were part of Central Posse or were an adult. This mall is home to one of the oldest McDonalds and the famous dollar cinemas (which is $5 now because of inflation). Little secret: this place actually has underground parking and used to have a Bi-Way.
Anchor Store: McDonalds or Food Basics
Random Store: A Kid’s Suit Store
1 - Westdale Mall
Located at Erindale Station Road and Dundas West is the oldest mall in Mississauga — it even supersedes Square One. This mall was home to a Target before the brand screwed Canada and this small indoor mall in particular. Either way, this place is in good shape with retailers like Dollarama and FreshCO.
Anchor Store: FreshCO
Random Store: Sammy’s Chinese