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Mall of America turns 30

In 1992, the first McDonald’s opened in China, Euro Disney opened outside of Paris, and in Minnesota, the Mall of America first invited guests into its 72-degrees-and-sunny space.

“The industry-leading vision for Mall of America has always been more than a shopping center, but rather the best of retail, entertainment, dining, and hospitality all under one roof,” said Jill Renslow, Executive Vice President for Mall of America. “Throughout the past 30 years, we have grown, adapted and brought forth innovative changes to the retail experience, but one thing has remained constant, and that is our promise of providing something for everyone who visits.”

Mall of America first opened its doors on August 11, 1992 and welcomed 100,000 people that first day. Since then, the Mall has grown from 4.2 million square feet to 5.6 million square feet. The Mall is still known as the largest retail and entertainment destination in North America with more than 500 stores, Nickelodeon Universe, more than 50 dining options, dozens of attractions and two world-class hotels.

The Mall of America as it appeared in the 90s

Since 1992 Mall of America has hosted thousands of events including celebrity appearances, autograph signings, and concerts, community organization events, brand activations, and much more. It has been a site for several feature films and television shows. The Mall generates more than $2 billion annually in economic impact for the state of Minnesota and has put Minnesota on the map as a tourist destination millions of guests from all over the world each year.

Eager onlookers peer in through one of the mall’s entrances before it officially opened in 1992

At 5.6 million square feet, Mall of America is the largest shopping and entertainment complex in North America with more than 520 world-class retail stores and restaurants; Nickelodeon Universe, the nation’s largest indoor theme park; SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium; FlyOver America; Crayola Experience; The Escape Game; more. The Mall opened in 1992 and is located in Bloomington, Minn., minutes from downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul and adjacent to the MSP International Airport.

Zack Benz

Zack Benz has been a fan of the Daily Planet since he was eight years old. The Daily Planet has always been a beacon of hope for him and it’s his life’s mission to make it shine in a similar light to so many around the world. Zack graduated with a degree in journalism and art from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2019.

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