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Welcome to Minnesota home of shopping malls.  

Southdale, a shopping mall located in Edina, MN, opened in 1956 and has been in use ever since. It is the oldest fully enclosed, climate-controlled Mall in the United States.

Then there is the site we call the Megamall

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The Mall of America, located in Bloomington, MN, opened to the public on August 11, 1992. It has become the most visited shopping mall in the world with more than 40 million visitors annually. The Mall employs over 12,000 workers.

These two sites are located 8.17 miles from each other. This is an easy commute. Yesterday I drove to and visited both of these malls.


Why you ask?

My husband has been intrigued by notices presented by Herberger's one of our local department stores, 


He found a fine group of advertisements placed in the “Star Tribune,” the major Minneapolis newspaper. Since I was driving to the Megamall for lunch with my mother and sister, I could easily check out Herberger’s on the way.


What did I find when I arrived at Southdale?

I was ambling along the aisles at Herberger’s, taking in the plaques above sections of clothing and considering the summer colors of women’s wear. I had arrived on coupon day (a very large notice had appeared in the newspaper). The number of shoppers was substantial.

Groups of outdoor wear, business suits, sleepwear, and lingerie were present everywhere. I viewed a large area dedicated to shoes. There were hangers full of sale clothing with percentage prices listed on large signs. Amounts of  20% off, 40% off and other prices greeted the eye.

I had planned to do a “walk through” to satisfy my husband but when I saw a sales person standing, I decided to ask her a few questions.

What do you consider your primary sales items? I blurted out? Why do these shoppers come to your store? What are they looking for?

I don’t think she receives this type of question every day. But, being a helpful and kind person, she decided to address my questions. She rattled off her response:

·        The primary sales items are women’s wear and shoes.

·        Shoppers are attracted to and usually present coupons at the time of purchase.

·        Those who come to the store are looking for sale, coupon related, and brand items.

·        Many check out the shoes.

Following our initial answers, she went on to explain:

·        Herberger’s focuses on women’s wear and shoes.

·        Children’s clothing is available.

·        Men’s wear is marginal.

·        This store does not sell items used in the home. (Larger Herberger’s stores sell these.)  


Do you really know your department stores?

By the time we came to the end of our discussion, I realized I knew a lot more about Herberger’s. I had heard about the history of the store, its focus, and the type of clothing I might find. I also learned there were special programs and coupons set up which benefitted Goodwill a well-known and popular program in our State.

It occurred to me that asking questions while at a store could really help me. I would learn a lot of things.


I would like to respectfully suggest that you do this when you shop. Check out the what, when, where, how, and why.

·        What does the department store sell?

·        When do they sell it? Is it seasonal? When is the best time to buy it?

·        Why do they focus on certain items?

·        How do they display items and where are they found?

·        Why should I buy from your store? What do you think is the best part of your store?


With a knowledge of the department stores in your area, you can choose to drive to the one most appropriate. You will be familiar with the stock and know the inside location of what you want.


For more information on the two famous malls, see below: Southdale Center



The Mall of America



Lori Blatzheim is a wife, mother, grandmother, writer, thrift advocate, and retired nurse. She knows that use of Thrift can help people because she has experienced the benefits.

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