FOOD CENTRAL is the first taste of the new Square One

Major renovation delivers upscale dining experience and eco-conscious food court operations

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Aug. 22, 2013 /CNW/ - Shoppers are getting the first taste of the new Square One Shopping Centre today with the grand opening of FOOD CENTRAL, a fully renovated and expanded food court that delivers an elevated dining experience and seven new food vendors.  FOOD CENTRAL represents the completion of the first phase of a $320 Million development project currently underway at Square One.

FOOD CENTRAL features expanded seating areas in a modern and welcoming environment, brand new restroom and parenting facilities, and a new scullery service - where eat-in meals are served on signature, real table wear to enhance the dining experience.

"As part of Square One's commitment to environmental sustainability, we are very proud to introduce our new scullery service - the first food court in Canada to be converted into a scullery service, reducing food court waste by 60 per cent or 720 tons of waste," says Elena Price, Director of Marketing, Oxford Properties.  "Shopping centre food courts nation-wide are filled with thousands of people eating their meals on styrofoam plates. The new scullery service will effectively increase our diversion rates and reduce water usage through an energy efficient dishwashing system and scullery process."

"In addition to our new scullery service, Square One is working with our tenants and guests to reduce our carbon footprint through the implementation of a Green Steps Program," adds Price.  "Our eco-efficient business practices include the launch of a tenant recycling and waste program, an automated energy management system, and the installation of high-efficiency lighting to reduce energy usage."

With the grand opening of FOOD CENTRAL, Square One Shopping Centre welcomes seven first-to-market, food retailers providing customers with an extended variety of delicious and healthy dining options, including: Amaya, Big Smoke Burger, Chipotle Mexican Grill (opening mid-September), Cultures, Shanghai 360, Su & Shi and Szechuan Express. In total, FOOD CENTRAL delivers shoppers 26 food options in a vibrant, modern and eco-friendly dining venue.

The FOOD CENTRAL overhaul is part of Square One's $320 Million development project currently underway.  Along with the opening of world-class luxury retailers such as Apple, Crate and Barrel, Coach, Michael Kors, Zara, Whole Foods, Lacoste and Target, the addition of a flagship Holt Renfrew secures Square One's position as one of North America's premier shopping destinations.

About Square One Shopping Centre
With 360+ retailers including Apple, Michael Kors, Crate & Barrel, Harry Rosen, Zara and Whole Foods Market, Square One Shopping Centre, proudly managed by Oxford Properties, is the premier retail destination in GTA West. Square One is owned by Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo), on behalf of its clients, and Oxford Properties Group. Dedicated to sustainability, Square One's 1.8 million square feet has been awarded and recognized for creating a balance between sustainable environmental programs and a unique shopping experience. Square One is located at 100 City Centre Drive, (HWY 10 & 403). As the central transportation hub for Peel Region, Square One is accessible via MiWay and GO Bus. Square One is a Designated Tourist Destination and is open on statutory holidays. For details visit www.ShopSquareOne.com or www.SquareOneRedevelopment.com.

About Oxford
Oxford Properties Group is a global platform for real estate investment, development and management, with over 1,400 employees and approximately $22 billion of real assets that it manages for itself and on behalf of its co-owners and investment partners. Established in 1960, Oxford has regional offices in Toronto, London and New York, and the company's portfolio includes approximately 50 million square feet of office, retail, industrial, multi-family and hotel properties. Oxford is the real estate arm of the OMERS Worldwide Group of Companies. For more information about Oxford, visit: www.oxfordproperties.com.

About Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo)
AIMCo is one of Canada's largest and most diversified institutional investment managers. AIMCo was established on January 1, 2008 with a mandate to provide superior long-term investment results for its clients. AIMCo operates independently from the Government of Alberta and invests globally on behalf of 28 pension, endowment and government funds in the Province of Alberta, including the Alberta Heritage Savings Trust Fund. For more information about AIMCo, visit www.aimco.alberta.ca.


SOURCE Square One Shopping Centre

Image with caption: "James Cunningham, television host and foodie, chowed down at the official launch of Square One's new Food Central, a fully renovated, expanded food court that delivers an elevated dining experience, seven new food retailers and real signature dish wear. For more information: www.shopsquareone.com (CNW Group/Square One Shopping Centre)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130822_C7742_PHOTO_EN_30082.jpg



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