Originally the New England Shopping Center, Square One Mall is located in Saugus, Massachusetts between Essex and Main Streets. There are one-hundred-and-fifteen stores in the Square One Mall which was a $100 million renovation project of the New England Development Corporation. The reconstruction of the former shopping center that had included General Cinema's that closed in the middle of the 1980's, Service Merchandise and Sears. The Sears structure that had been built prior to the redevelopment to construct the mall was incorporated into the construction process; the difference in the building materials used is obvious.
The summer of 1994 is when the Square One Mall opened at 1201 Broadway in Saugus, Massachusetts. The mall brought strip mall development to Saugus mainly on the corridor of Route 1. The Square One Mall is in a prime location for increased business because the proximity to the portion of Route 1 which has six lanes.
In early 2009 the mall anchor Filene's Basement filed bankruptcy. The current anchor stores are TJMaxx/HomeGoods, Dick's Sporting Goods, Sears, Best Buy and Macy's. There are a number of specialty food stores and a food court in the Square One Mall.
Today the mall offers a number of services for the convenience of patrons. There is not a cab stand at the Square One Mall although the staff of guest services which is located by CVS on the first level will gladly call a cab for patrons that need them. There is also gift wrapping available at the mall, all proceeds go to the Simon Youth Foundation.
The Square One Mall also has a lost and found. To get information about items that they have lost patrons of the mall should contact the guest services or mall security. Upper and Lower level stores have access to ample parking. Close to the Macy's entrance directly off of Route 1 is where parking for the Upper Level is located. Mall parking areas all have handicapped parking throughout. Guest services can provide patrons with the schedules for the MBTA Buses.
The Square One Mall offers stroller rentals for a cost of $5 that includes a $1 refundable deposit. There are two rental locations in the mall for the convenience of patrons with small children; refunds are issued upon the return of strollers. The mall's door open prior to the actual mall opening every day at 6am in order to give walkers the chance to walk in a comfortable, safe environment. The guest services at Square One Mall offers wheelchairs at no charge for patrons with mobility problems.
Square One Mall offers events such as the Simon Kidgits Club, Simon dTOUR Live and a Fashion Show. The weekend fashion shows at the Square One Mall allow patrons to get a preview of the newest in accessories, cosmetics and clothing. During the holidays there is the Santa Photo Experience where you can watch a video from Santa or be Santa's helper. There is something just for kids at the Square One Mall with the Kidgits Club.