The Mall of America, one of the largest malls in the continent, says it will break ground in a couple of weeks to start making the mall a whole lot bigger. The mall has secured financing for a $300 million expansion.
With weather not posing a problem, shoppers flocked to their neighborhood malls and stores on Saturday to finish or, in many cases, begin their holiday shopping. According to retail analysts, Saturday is expected to be the busiest shopping day in the shortened season. And with just three days remaining until Christmas Day, many are finding deep discounts as retailers try to trim inventories. And it’s not just people getting presents under the tree. Leah Goldade of Lulu and Luigi’s Pet Boutique says business is brisk.
Store owners at the Shoppes at Arbor Lakes are hoping for a warmer weekend. Unlike traditional malls, where it’s always 70 degrees, customers at these shops occasionally have to venture outside, going door to door. Liz Schiller is the owner of Juniper, a small boutique that features local designers and artists. “We do see a decrease in business when the weather is frigid like today,” Schiller said. When the temperature drops, so do the prices at a lot of Arbor Lakes’ stores. Discounts and incentives are offered to those willing to spend a little time outside.
A highly regarded local shopping survey says we we will be spending more this holiday season than we have in the past 12 years. The University of St. Thomas survey says the average household will be spending $837 this Christmas season.
Retailers are hoping today was a big day for people out looking for some deals. Because so far this holiday shopping season has been the weakest since 2008.
Minnesotans more optimistic about their financial situation are expected to spend big this holiday shopping season.
Mall of America is one of the most popular destinations in the country but, according to one magazine, it’s unspeakable ugly.
It was the first indoor shopping center in Minnesota — and the United States. For that, the Southdale shopping center has been named one of “10 Buildings That Changed America.”
Visiting the mall to share Christmas wishes with Santa has never been part of Ben Borre’s childhood, a sad but necessary concession to the autism that would make the noise, lights and crowds an unbearable torment for the 10-year-old.
Wisconsin Republicans are ripping plans for recall signature drives near malls on Black Friday.
Minnesotans will be spending more this holiday season than last year, according to a University of St. Thomas Professor.
Holiday procrastinators are preparing to zoom through picked-over stores, grabbing discounted sweaters and can’t-go-wrong gift cards. If they can get a parking spot, that is. But you won’t hear retailers complaining.
It only took a few years living in Wisconsin for me to realize just how lucky we are in the Twin Cities when it comes to retail centers.