Random Thoughts on the Mall of America

Let me just disclose that while it is just a giant mall, I do enjoy the Mall of America. I mean…it’s a mall.

Did you know that there are multiple stores from the same company in the Mall of America? Seriously. I’m not just talking about Starbucks and Caribou Coffee, either. There are five hat stores by the same company. That’s right HAT STORES. And it’s not like they are evenly spread throughout the mall. I’ve seen three within 500 feet of each other. Some right above the other! It’s retail madness!


I’ve seen two Best Buy Mobiles. Then there is also the Apple store right across from the Microsoft store. That’s right…there’s a Microsoft store. I’m not sure what they sell in there since Microsoft only makes software, but there seem to be computer and phone like devices on display. Also, the Microsoft store is exactly like the Apple store except with differing logos. I’m sorry, but that’s weird to me. How do they get away with that? Is there no lawsuit pending?

There are two Nestle Toll House Cookie stores, which I don’t have a problem with because you know..chocolate chip cookies…you can’t have enough of them.

However, if you look at the list of stores and restaurants in the Mall of America, you will see that doubles are a common occurrence. I know the place is huge and has a lot of square footage to fill, but do we really need that many hat stores? Luckily, the Peeps store, the Magic Pan and the Chapel of Love balance things out. That’s right…you can get married at the Mall of America. I still prefer Vegas.

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