Welcome to Minnesota home of shopping
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
Then there is the site we call the Megamall
Welcome to Thrifty Living Today. A special way of life for the Twenty-first
My name is Lori Blatzheim and I am your host.
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
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?
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
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
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:
primary sales items are women’s wear and shoes.
are attracted to and usually present coupons at the time of purchase.
who come to the store are looking for sale, coupon related, and brand items.
check out the shoes.
initial answers, she went on to explain:
focuses on women’s wear and shoes.
clothing is available.
wear is marginal.
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.
does the department store sell?
do they sell it? Is it seasonal? When is the best time to buy it?
do they focus on certain items?
do they display items and where are they found?
should I buy from your store? What do you think is the best part of your store?
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.
information on the two famous malls, see below: Southdale Center
The Mall of
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
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