Minnesota created the modern mall, Southdale, here. And, we've been reinventing the retail concept ever since.
Donald Dayton, head of Minneapolis-based Dayton's department stores (which later became Target Corp), teamed up with designer Victor Gruen to create a comfortable, convenient, climate-controlled setting for Minnesota shoppers. In 1952 Dayton and Gruen unveiled their plans for Southdale, the nation's first enclosed, weatherproofed mall.
Today, Southdale has expanded to 1.3 million square feet. The mall's parking lot now includes apartments and a hotel, an innovative way to make use of what could have been under-utilized property. Many shopping malls have suffered in the past few decades due to the rise in internet shopping. Despite this trend, Southdale has found a way to succeed, ensuring that the landmark will be preserved for future generations.
Mall of America – Combining retail with one-of-a-kind experiences.
Mall of America is the largest retail shopping mall in the United States with 2.8 million feet of retail space (not including the amusement park), with over 520 stores, 50 restaurants. It is also home to Nickelodeon Universe®, the nation's largest Nickelodeon® theme park with 24 amusement rides, including a roller coaster that winds around the enclosed atrium of the mall.
It's one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world, attracting more than 40 million visitors annually, more than twice as many people as the world's largest amusement park, the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.
Mall of America generates nearly $2 billion in economic activity annually for the state of Minnesota.