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April 5, 2014 Lifestyle No Comments Email Email

Mall of America®, the largest U.S. retail and entertainment destination, Mortenson, a U.S.-based construction and development services company, Hotel Development LLC, an enterprise of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, and the City of Bloomington, Minn. celebrated the beginning of a $325 million expansion project during a groundbreaking event. 

The Mall is only 800 kilometers or a 50-minute flight from Chicago, home of IPW 2014.

The expansion will include a 342-room JW Marriott hotel, office tower, high-end retailers, new dining options, a tourist welcome center and large event space. An extension of the Mall on all three levels on the north side, it is the most significant construction 165583_num694984_600x600project at the property since opening in 1992.

Mall of America features 520 stores, 50 restaurants, multiple family attractions and over 400 events annually all free to guests.  Over 42 million people visit the Mall yearly, more than the combined populations of North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Canada.

The JW Marriott to be located at Mall of America is a ground-up, 14-story, 342-room hotel with direct access to the Mall. The hotel will be owned by Hotel Development LLC and will be managed by Marriott International. It includes a full-service restaurant and bar, grand lobby with a lobby bar, fitness center, pool, and extensive meeting space that includes a grand ballroom. It also will offer an executive lounge and underground parking and be the first JW Marriott in the Minneapolis/St. Paul market.

When people think of Mall of America they often gravitate to the wide-array of retail offerings. The expansion project will build on those expectations adding more than 50 retailers which will complement the unique mix of current retailers at Mall of America.

A 180,000 square-foot Class-A office complex is also a part of the expansion plan. It will be home to a mix of national and international business tenants that will be located atop a new multi-level parking garage, providing direct access to the Mall. It also is located near MSP International Airport and Light Rail Transit.

“Mall of America has been an industry leader and top destination for years,” said Kurt Hagen, senior vice president of Triple Five/Mall of America. “We have accomplished this by continuously reinventing ourselves, always providing new and relevant retail and attraction options. With more than 40 million visitors annually, this expansion will allow us to offer guests even more world-class lodging, dining and shopping.”

The expansion is expected to generate 1,000 construction jobs and 2,500 permanent jobs from ongoing retail, hotel and office operations. Construction has begun and anticipated completion is scheduled for fall 2015.

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