The Mall of America is getting some new tenants, including the first Doc Martens retail store in Minnesota, as construction continues at the Bloomington megamall.
The mall is taking a one-year break from its scheduled four-year renovation plan, sprucing up its four main corridors, one per summer.
Instead, this year mall officials are focused on renovating the vacant Bloomingdale’s department store space and adjacent courtyard, plus erecting a skyway to a Radisson Blu hotel that’s under construction.
“That’s where the owners are investing the money,” Bridget Jewell, a Mall of America spokeswoman, said Tuesday, April 17. Tenants going into the Bloomingdale’s space haven’t yet been announced, “but we’re hoping to make an announcement soon,” Jewell said.
Meanwhile, other new stores are being announced. They include:
— Dr. Martens footwear next month will open its first corporate-owned location in Minnesota and second in the Midwest, after Chicago. The showcase corporate store will be on Level One, near the Nordstrom court, Jewell said.
— Australian retailer Cotton On is opening two new stores at the Mall of America. One will be a clothing store, called Cotton On, featuring casual attire for men and women. It is scheduled to open in the summer. The second, called Typo, will sell stationery, cards and quirky gifts. It is set to open in June, on Level Two.
— Surf and skate clothing retailer Tilly’s is opening its first Minnesota location in June, Jewell said. It will be on Level Two North, further increasing the concentration of teen-oriented retailers in that section of the megamall.
— Masu Sushi & Robata, a popular Japanese restaurant in Northeast Minneapolis, is expanding in June to a second location at the Mall of America. The sit-down restaurant stressing sustainability will be on Level Three South, “kind of what we informally call our Restaurant Row,” Jewell said.
— ChaTime, a Taiwanese bubble tea company, has opened its third U.S. location at the Mall of America, on Level Three South. A new Quiznos location has also opened in the Level Three North food court.
Other retailers are eyeing new locations or new formats, partly because of construction, Jewell said.
Ann Taylor will unveil its new concept store in May, in the same space as a previous store. Famous Footwear has been relocated to Level Three West, with a grand reopening event the weekend of April 21-22. Brighton Collectables is back in a reconfigured space, after making room for the new skyway bridge to the Radisson Blu hotel under construction.
“It sounds like the skyway will be complete in July, but the hotel itself doesn’t open until spring of next year,” Jewell said.
The mall ranks as the most-visited attraction in America, drawing more than 42 million visitors a year. This year it is celebrating its 20th anniversary. (Source: Pioneer Press)