A 1980s TV commercial for Square One in Mississauga


Published March 5, 2023 at 7:44 am


Considering how popular Square One in Mississauga is today, it can be easy to forget that the vast shopping centre first opened its doors all the way back in 1973.

Square One is part and parcel of the Mississauga experience and for good reason — the ever-evolving retail hotspot is the largest shopping centre in Ontario.

It’s also one of the most beloved among shoppers.

According to the last released Canadian Shopping Centre Study before the pandemic hit, a study carried about by the Retail Council of Canada (RCC), Square One is quite profitable.

Of the top 30 shopping centres in Canada by sales per square foot, Square One comes in at number 7.

The same study reveals that Square One attracts 23 million people a year.

But while the shopping centre is hugely popular now, it’s always been a hotspot–and a video posted on Retronatio’s Instagram page shows that.


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The video, which is amazing, shows a young child in a cowboy hat riding a mechanical horse, the best in flamboyant 80s fashion (including some pretty dope multi-coloured eyeshadow), an aquarium, a cooly lit shot of people in gold jackets being served champagne and someone drinking a smoothie.

There is nothing more 80s than this commercial, and it’s probably one of the most fun wayback playbacks you’ll find on Instagram.


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