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April 10th, 2012Bright new look for older mall

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by Janet Moore
StarTribune.com

Many shopping malls built in the 1970s still bear decorative, albeit dated, remnants of eras past. For Maplewood Mall, it was the mirrored columns that were probably spiffy back in the day but now seem more appropriate for an aging nightclub.

The once-glittering columns now are gone — stripped to their original brick facing and encased in cherry-wood molding during a recent renovation of the 38-year-old shopping center in the eastern suburbs.

Other updates include new floor tile and carpeting, the addition of family-friendly restrooms, a redesign of the food court and new energy-efficient chandelier lighting. Even the signature carousel in the mall’s center court was dismantled part-by-part and sent to Florida for its owner to rehab.

Sandy Yang, a stylist at the mall’s Experts Hair Salon, said the changes came just in time.

“Honestly, it was starting to look kind of trashy in here. It was nothing like Rosedale,” she said. “Now it’s way cleaner and we’re seeing a lot more families and kids. I’m all for it.”

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