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2013-07-02 01:34:55 AM  
$2.5 billion in additions, plans call for the mall to approximately double in size, with as many as 300 new retailers

Does the mall have its own airport?
 
2013-07-02 07:20:19 AM  
Surely you can't be serious.
 
2013-07-02 08:00:07 AM  
I'm sure Leon is pleased to see this.
 
2013-07-02 08:00:13 AM  
They're going to need to make the doors wider too
 
2013-07-02 08:06:18 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: I'm sure Leon is pleased to see this.


Sal, keep the gun pointed up please.

/Att-i-ca! Att-i-ca!
 
2013-07-02 08:08:26 AM  

Sgygus: $2.5 billion in additions, plans call for the mall to approximately double in size, with as many as 300 new retailers

Does the mall have its own airport?


MSP basically. People have been known to fly in from overseas, do their shopping at the MOA and then fly back out again. Due to the cost of some items here, plus the exchange rate, if you buy enough you actually wind up saving money that way.
 
2013-07-02 08:13:22 AM  

Mad_Radhu: Sgygus: $2.5 billion in additions, plans call for the mall to approximately double in size, with as many as 300 new retailers

Does the mall have its own airport?

MSP basically. People have been known to fly in from overseas, do their shopping at the MOA and then fly back out again. Due to the cost of some items here, plus the exchange rate, if you buy enough you actually wind up saving money that way.


You can get their by a very short light rail ride, it is basically across the street from MSP.
 
2013-07-02 08:13:24 AM  
I decided to check the MoA out on a trip through the area once.  I really didn't get it.  There were a few nice stores, but mostly it was just multiples of the same stores in every other crummy mall in the US.

I just looked on their directory.  Two American Eagles, two Bare Minerals, two Bath & Body Works, three Claire's, three Journeys, etc.

What's the point of bigger if it doesn't offer you more selection?
 
2013-07-02 08:14:27 AM  
I've never been to Minnesota, but I've known about MoA for a long time due to the stories of its size and whatnot.  It's always been strange to me a mall like that exists in Minnesota of all places.  And according to wikipedia, not that big of a city either.  I know it's a huge tourist draw, but you'd still think a place like that would exist in a larger area somewhere.
 
2013-07-02 08:15:17 AM  
FTFA: By the time the dust settles on $2.5 billion in additions, plans call for the mall to approximately double in size, with as many as 300 new retailers along with glitzy attractions such as an NHL-sized skating rink and a world-class water park.

Are they tacking on West Edmonton Mall?

Geez.... I visited that mall in the early 90s when I was in town on business. Pretty cool watching pee wee hockey players (5 or 6 years old), doing full body checks. Canadians are serious about their hockey.

Will Mall of America also add a pirate ship and dolphin shows?
 
2013-07-02 08:16:04 AM  
according to fark everyone is either on unemployment or going broke thanks to 0bama care

how can they afford to build a larger mall and who are they building it for?? i dont get it
 
2013-07-02 08:16:25 AM  

Parkanzky: I decided to check the MoA out on a trip through the area once.  I really didn't get it.  There were a few nice stores, but mostly it was just multiples of the same stores in every other crummy mall in the US.

I just looked on their directory.  Two American Eagles, two Bare Minerals, two Bath & Body Works, three Claire's, three Journeys, etc.

What's the point of bigger if it doesn't offer you more selection?


It's nice in winter with the indoor amusement park and the random brawls to keep you in shape. Fun place to be drunk.

Note: brawls not actually common
 
2013-07-02 08:19:23 AM  
Merica and it's focus wid consumerism be goin' t'be its waaay downfall. ah' swear we gots millions uh sucka's starvin' and widout cribs and dis, dis be our focus. fark it, stick some fo'k in us we is done.
 
2013-07-02 08:20:30 AM  

tbhouston: according to fark everyone is either on unemployment or going broke thanks to 0bama care

how can they afford to build a larger mall and who are they building it for?? i dont get it


i84.photobucket.com
 
2013-07-02 08:20:31 AM  

tbhouston: according to fark everyone is either on unemployment or going broke thanks to 0bama care

how can they afford to build a larger mall and who are they building it for?? i dont get it


No no no... "normal" people are unemployed and/or going broke.

Rich people are richer than ever.  You know, people who have nothing better to do but fly to Minnefarkingsota just to shop for several days straight and then leave again.
 
2013-07-02 08:21:39 AM  
Wandered the place for a few hours a couple years ago.  Stuck in the area for a family reunion.

Makes you feel like a level 3 boss to walk out of there not only having bought nothing at all, but not even having wanted to buy anything.
 
2013-07-02 08:22:36 AM  
ecx.images-amazon.com
 
2013-07-02 08:24:58 AM  
when the Legislature approved a $250 million tax break for MOA

You know, I get it... I really do. But don't bump up the sales tax or cut public services at the same time. I'm not saying they are, but such things do appear to be SOP these days.
 
2013-07-02 08:25:42 AM  
What the place really needs is an Amazon.com distribution center.
 
2013-07-02 08:27:44 AM  
The Mall of America is already a tourist destination, especially for foreign consumers who make the trek to Bloomington. Some 42 million visitors come to the mega-mall each year, ranking it among the nation's top tourist attractions.

42 million people have a very different idea of vacation than I do.
 
2013-07-02 08:28:07 AM  
KoP > MoA
 
2013-07-02 08:33:05 AM  

topcon: I've never been to Minnesota, but I've known about MoA for a long time due to the stories of its size and whatnot.  It's always been strange to me a mall like that exists in Minnesota of all places.  And according to wikipedia, not that big of a city either.  I know it's a huge tourist draw, but you'd still think a place like that would exist in a larger area somewhere.


Minnesota had the very first shopping mall in the world: Southdale. (True story: The French architect who designed it was so disgusted by his creation that he left the US never to return.) That said, Minnesota has about 4 months of nice outdoor weather before it turns to shiat for the other 8 months. Strip mall shopping isn't that great, so mall shopping is preferred.

Also, the metro area is about 3.8 million people, which is the 15th largest metro area in the US. Couple that with MSP which is the 17th busiest airport in the US and 41st busiest in the world.
 
2013-07-02 08:33:06 AM  

MsStatement: KoP > MoA


To be fair, the traffic at KoP is pretty bad.
 
2013-07-02 08:33:06 AM  
I shall now call it the Maw of America.
 
2013-07-02 08:33:19 AM  

MsStatement: KoP > MoA


According to this article, not for long.
 
2013-07-02 08:36:40 AM  
$2.5 billion in additions, plans call for the mall to approximately double in size, with as many as 300 new retailers

Oh, I'm sure that will make traffic around the mall even more fun than it already is.

/never goes to the mall
//goes to Ikea a few times a year
 
2013-07-02 08:39:24 AM  
Hey, you know what they say: "See a broad to get dat booty yak 'em, gotta' leg her down and smack 'em yak 'em!  Cold GOT to be!  Sheeeeeeeit."

/Golly.
 
2013-07-02 08:39:29 AM  

IdBeCrazyIf: Merica and it's focus wid consumerism be goin' t'be its waaay downfall. ah' swear we gots millions uh sucka's starvin' and widout cribs and dis, dis be our focus. fark it, stick some fo'k in us we is done.


i4.photobucket.com
 
2013-07-02 08:40:14 AM  
Is it true that it's owned by a Canadian company?
/Plus it's located in a city called Bloomington, mn
 
2013-07-02 08:41:49 AM  
Soon it will have consumed the entire state of Minnesota Mallesota!
 
2013-07-02 08:44:05 AM  
I came here for photos of the mall episode in Are You Afraid of the Dark, leaving disappointed.
 
2013-07-02 08:45:28 AM  
FTFA: "I'm constantly amazed as I travel overseas how many people associate Mall of America with Minneapolis and say they've been there," said Jim McComb, a Twin Cities retail analyst.

That sounds very likely.
 
2013-07-02 08:47:05 AM  
freakytrigger.co.uk
/yeah, I know it's Costco, but . . .
 
2013-07-02 08:48:24 AM  

stpauler: topcon: I've never been to Minnesota, but I've known about MoA for a long time due to the stories of its size and whatnot.  It's always been strange to me a mall like that exists in Minnesota of all places.  And according to wikipedia, not that big of a city either.  I know it's a huge tourist draw, but you'd still think a place like that would exist in a larger area somewhere.

Minnesota had the very first shopping mall in the world: Southdale. (True story: The French architect who designed it was so disgusted by his creation that he left the US never to return.) That said, Minnesota has about 4 months of nice outdoor weather before it turns to shiat for the other 8 months. Strip mall shopping isn't that great, so mall shopping is preferred.

Also, the metro area is about 3.8 million people, which is the 15th largest metro area in the US. Couple that with MSP which is the 17th busiest airport in the US and 41st busiest in the world.



Lies, MSP is a small hick town, nothing interesting in the whole state, you probably shouldn't come here...
 
2013-07-02 08:49:11 AM  
I was really really thinking, nay hoping, that TFA was referring to the size of the asses of your typical mall of america shopper.
 
2013-07-02 08:50:16 AM  
This place is a farking hellhole. If you like to smell like a cinna-bon and dodge strollers it's pretty cool though.

REALLY good for people watching if you're into that sorta thing. Oh, and don't forget the hookers...

/lives minutes away
//would rather eat shards of glass than go there
///angry
 
2013-07-02 08:51:35 AM  
Wow, people still go to the mall ? Can't remember the last time I was in a mall.
/ old geezer shops local
 
2013-07-02 08:54:29 AM  
...and so are American asses...   I bet they'll have a ton of those cripple carts because Americans can't bother to walk anymore.
 
2013-07-02 08:57:26 AM  

Sybarite: [ecx.images-amazon.com image 314x500]


I farking loved that book! :)
 
2013-07-02 09:05:55 AM  
The tower, the tower! Rapunzel, Rapunzel!
 
2013-07-02 09:07:06 AM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-07-02 09:08:38 AM  
As a man who requires big and tall shops, with an emphasis on tall, I don't see the appeal of malls. How can you come up with 300 stores, let alone 300 new stores? Does that mean 300 more stores selling their house brands of the same items from various sweatshops around Bangladesh?
 
2013-07-02 09:09:12 AM  
This is where they should be building the new Vikings stadium. Instead We get multiple taxpayer funded projects.
 
2013-07-02 09:22:18 AM  
FTFA:
"The overarching goal is to always keep the attraction fresh and continue to enhance it. That's what Disney and all the great attractions do. You never keep it the same."
"Nobody has food courts anymore; they have food halls, and you want interesting partners with fresh bread and cheeses and wines."
"In 1990, it was all about 'theming,' so people knew where they were. ... Now the school of thought is, you give them a white palate, a canvas, and you let the retailers provide the color."

- Maureen Bausch, Mall of America's executive vice president

"I can foresee us probably opening a new development every year for the next 10 years."
"How do we get this (busy road) out of the way to make it one contiguous project?"

-Kurt Hagen, senior vice president of development for Triple Five Worldwide, the mall's owners

"I'm constantly amazed as I travel overseas how many people associate Mall of America with Minneapolis and say they've been there. They're looking to build on that strength and build on that draw."
-Jim McComb, a Twin Cities retail analyst


Funny how bullsh*t artists all speak the same universal language.
 
hej
2013-07-02 09:25:23 AM  
"That addition will add perhaps 50 new shops[...]"

10 of which will be Victoria's Secrets.

topcon: And according to wikipedia, not that big of a city either.


What do you consider to be "that big of a city"?  3.7 million people in the metro area seems like a lot to me.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minneapolis%E2%80%93Saint_Paul
 
2013-07-02 09:25:40 AM  

Crewmannumber6: IdBeCrazyIf: Merica and it's focus wid consumerism be goin' t'be its waaay downfall. ah' swear we gots millions uh sucka's starvin' and widout cribs and dis, dis be our focus. fark it, stick some fo'k in us we is done.

[i4.photobucket.com image 430x140]


"Excuse me stewardess, I speak jive"
 
2013-07-02 09:28:04 AM  

Parkanzky: I decided to check the MoA out on a trip through the area once.  I really didn't get it.  There were a few nice stores, but mostly it was just multiples of the same stores in every other crummy mall in the US.

I just looked on their directory.  Two American Eagles, two Bare Minerals, two Bath & Body Works, three Claire's, three Journeys, etc.

What's the point of bigger if it doesn't offer you more selection?


All they really need to add is three things.  A maternity ward, a school and a funeral parlor so the employees will never have to leave and their replacements raised on site.

It would be more interesting if the whole place never had two stores the same.  Maybe get a Weird Al only store containing not just everything Al, but the artist and songs he parodied.  I am not saying it would be a big store, but it would work great between the Star Wars and Star Trek stores.

cig-mkr: Wow, people still go to the mall ? Can't remember the last time I was in a mall.
/ old geezer shops local


We have one decent mall, but the other smaller malls around here are pretty much just a place for old folks to do their walking.  One mall (nicknamed small mall) doesn't even have internal stores anymore and is full of antiques and unusual collectables, so it is only good for walking.  Besides a few stores out front, the only store keeping it alive is the Perani's Hockey World.

CSB

A coworker once shared a story with me of how he and a buddy went to a mall during old folks walking time.  His buddy grabbed him and pulled him behind a corner and waited a short bit.  Never told my coworker what he was up to then suddenly jumped out and punched a walker, laying the old guy out.  One really messed up story, but what bothers me the most is these two guys are our veteran heroes.  They were on leave from base when this happened.
 
2013-07-02 09:31:44 AM  

NutWrench: [freakytrigger.co.uk image 600x323]
/yeah, I know it's Costco, but . . .


My first thought when I read the article.
 
2013-07-02 09:36:14 AM  
Ugh. Why?
 
2013-07-02 09:38:04 AM  

Sgygus: $2.5 billion in additions, plans call for the mall to approximately double in size, with as many as 300 new retailers

Does the mall have its own airport?


Surely you're kidding?

Right across I-494.
 
2013-07-02 09:38:48 AM  
 
2013-07-02 09:42:28 AM  
lack of warmth

I would have one less buddy after he told me that CSB
 
2013-07-02 09:48:42 AM  

neversubmit: Did a teen brawl get it shut down like the one in FL?


If you've ever been to Lauderhill you would know that:
A) This is not a suprise
B) There is no Mall in Lauderhill. It's a stripmall with kids hanging out in the parking lot.
C) If I wanted to go to a mall to start a fight, Sawgrass Mills would be the place I'd go. Bunch of tourists. Nobody speaks English. Everyone rams you with their strollers/carts. It's enough to give a person with SAD a panic attack.
 
2013-07-02 09:58:20 AM  
It's the least interesting place in that whole area. I've visited the Cities maybe five times now, and there's just so much more fun stuff to do than go to a gargantuan mall.

If you look forward to going to Mall of America, it's a scientific fact that you're a bad person.
 
2013-07-02 09:59:32 AM  

WTFDYW: lack of warmth

I would have one less buddy after he told me that CSB


Overall that coworker was by far the most psychotic guy I ever met.  How him or any of his friends didn't end up in jail just astounds me, I've met friendlier people in prisons.  All his stories were messed up.

We did hang out at first, but I quit doing that once I saw the crazy.  He later got violent with me at work.
 
2013-07-02 10:01:47 AM  

stpauler: topcon: I've never been to Minnesota, but I've known about MoA for a long time due to the stories of its size and whatnot.  It's always been strange to me a mall like that exists in Minnesota of all places.  And according to wikipedia, not that big of a city either.  I know it's a huge tourist draw, but you'd still think a place like that would exist in a larger area somewhere.

Minnesota had the very first shopping mall in the world: Southdale. (True story: The French architect who designed it was so disgusted by his creation that he left the US never to return.) That said, Minnesota has about 4 months of nice outdoor weather before it turns to shiat for the other 8 months. Strip mall shopping isn't that great, so mall shopping is preferred.

Also, the metro area is about 3.8 million people, which is the 15th largest metro area in the US. Couple that with MSP which is the 17th busiest airport in the US and 41st busiest in the world.


Ah, okay, that explains it.  Just seemed strange to me at first glance.
 
2013-07-02 10:03:19 AM  
The walls
In the mall
Are toodally toodally tall
 
2013-07-02 10:13:48 AM  
In addition to the new MOA stuff, they're building a giant outlet mall in Eagan, about 2 or 3 miles south of the mall. That stretch of 77 is gonna be worn damn thin for the commuters come next year.
 
2013-07-02 10:18:48 AM  

JackalRabbit: tbhouston: according to fark everyone is either on unemployment or going broke thanks to 0bama care

how can they afford to build a larger mall and who are they building it for?? i dont get it

[i84.photobucket.com image 327x508]


I love that movie.  Worked at the Borders that was located outside of that mall.

/Even been to Tom Savini's haunted house for Halloween.
 
2013-07-02 10:20:54 AM  

Catlenfell: This is where they should be building the new Vikings stadium. Instead We get multiple taxpayer funded projects.


Unlike the Vikings, the MOA brings in Billions of dollars in tax revenue, and is successful every year.

/Vikings Fan
//Lived in the Cities for 10 years
 
2013-07-02 10:23:32 AM  

Rabbitgod: I was really really thinking, nay hoping, that TFA was referring to the size of the asses of your typical mall of america shopper.


^  This!
 
2013-07-02 10:28:49 AM  

topcon: I've never been to Minnesota, but I've known about MoA for a long time due to the stories of its size and whatnot.  It's always been strange to me a mall like that exists in Minnesota of all places.  And according to wikipedia, not that big of a city either.  I know it's a huge tourist draw, but you'd still think a place like that would exist in a larger area somewhere.


The first indoor mall was in the Twin cities.
 
2013-07-02 10:31:13 AM  

lack of warmth: WTFDYW: lack of warmth

I would have one less buddy after he told me that CSB

Overall that coworker was by far the most psychotic guy I ever met.  How him or any of his friends didn't end up in jail just astounds me, I've met friendlier people in prisons.  All his stories were messed up.

We did hang out at first, but I quit doing that once I saw the crazy.  He later got violent with me at work.


Well I hope he kicked your ass good since you watched him lay out an old man and apparently did nothing about it.
 
2013-07-02 10:39:16 AM  

FARK rebel soldier: The walls
In the mall
Are toodally toodally tall


Heh heh heh
 
2013-07-02 10:42:14 AM  

neversubmit: Did a teen brawl get it shut down like the one in FL?


It didn't get shut down, but this was fun to hear about:

http://www.startribune.com/local/west/136237398.html
 
2013-07-02 11:01:31 AM  
There's a sale at Penney's!
 
2013-07-02 11:02:43 AM  

PainInTheASP: Surely you can't be serious.


I am serious... and don't call me Shirley.
 
2013-07-02 11:03:59 AM  

bopis: lack of warmth: WTFDYW: lack of warmth

I would have one less buddy after he told me that CSB

Overall that coworker was by far the most psychotic guy I ever met.  How him or any of his friends didn't end up in jail just astounds me, I've met friendlier people in prisons.  All his stories were messed up.

We did hang out at first, but I quit doing that once I saw the crazy.  He later got violent with me at work.

Well I hope he kicked your ass good since you watched him lay out an old man and apparently did nothing about it.


You misread the story.  I wasn't there during the old man punching.  I met him a couple or so years later, he told me the story while we were hanging out at a mall.  I never hung out with him after that.
 
2013-07-02 11:10:08 AM  
Saw the place about 10 years ago on a business trip, had dinner but didn't buy a thing. My wife took the kids there this year and was impressed. There's a water park nearby. I guess I get that, but for me Shopping Is Not A Vacation Destination.
 
2013-07-02 11:42:29 AM  
oi42.tinypic.com

/quick and dirty
 
2013-07-02 12:26:42 PM  
MoA?  Good place to go when it's February, and I'm feeling desperate to experience an open space with light and people in it.

There are at least a dozen places within 10 minutes of there that I would prefer to go if I were doing any serious shopping, however.
 
2013-07-02 12:42:40 PM  
I'm amazed that malls are expanding in this day and age...all the malls near me are half-empty (well maybe not that much, but you get the idea) , including an outdoor mall in my town that opened right before the market crash, and was never completely finished.

Oh well..I guess they can make the mall look like this:
r77bpro.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-07-02 01:10:45 PM  
Years ago the MOA people wanted to build a mall about the same size near where I lived. That caused a shiatstorm and it would have made the driving here even worse. Glad that idea got shot down pretty quick.
 
2013-07-02 01:19:11 PM  
Isn't there an apartment complex so employes don't have major commute?
 
2013-07-02 01:36:06 PM  
If you go there, don't have the fish.
 
2013-07-02 01:49:15 PM  
"A mall? What is it?!"
 
2013-07-02 02:18:44 PM  
I generally get my Christmas shopping done the month before, and when I lived in the cities, would enjoy people watching on the day before Christmas at the MOA.  I would sit back and see large hoards of people destroy the meaning of the season, be it Winter Solstice or the Birthday of the Guy that was actually born in Spring.

The worst of the human condition, all with fresh Cheese Curds.

I would normally do my shopping at Southdale (I used to date the granddaughter/head case of the developer) or Ridgedale.  MOA was like taking people to Disneyland when you lived in Orange County.  You went there, but only when necessary or for pure entertainment value.

The new(er) roller coasters were fun.
 
2013-07-02 03:31:14 PM  

MBZ321: Oh well..I guess they can make the mall look like this:


I think there are already 3 or 4 Lids stores in that place.
 
2013-07-02 03:57:12 PM  

JonnyBGoode: "A mall? What is it?!"


It's a large enclosed building full of various stores and shops, but that's not important right now.
 
2013-07-02 04:08:09 PM  
stylishcorpse.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-07-02 04:18:46 PM  
They're just jealous of Destiny USA/Carousel Mall.

/hate malls
 
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