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August 11th, 2012Mall of America Commemorates 20 Years

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by Tim Nelson
Minnesota.PublicRadio.org

St. Paul, MN - The Mall of America marks its 20th anniversary today.

The mammoth retail center and amusement park broke ground in 1989, and opened three years later on Aug. 11. The project costing $660 million opened with more than 300 stores and 10,000 employees. It has since had more than 1,000 tenants and more than 750 million visitors.

The nation’s largest shopping mall wasn’t a sure bet when it opened. It’s since become a major draw of visitors from around the world, said Maureen Bausch, MOA vice president for business development.

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