MOA plans life after Bloomingdale's

  • Article by: THOMAS LEE and JANET MOORE , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: January 5, 2012 - 10:28 AM

The mall is working to recruit several retailers to replace the upscale department store, which will close in March.

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StarquestJan. 4, 1211:31 PM

Why would they open auxiliary space for more retail and restaurants when practically the entire fourth floor is a ghost town?

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firefly70Jan. 5, 1212:01 AM

I would tend to agree that "Twin Cities shoppers and luxury retailing don't mix". Whenever I walk by the luxury stores i.e. Burberry, True Religion, Hugo Boss, etc. on the side next to Bloomingdale's, they always seem to be empty. Plus, if I recall, Hugo Boss is now in it's THIRD location in the mall - having actually left MOA once before.

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ammunraJan. 5, 1212:23 AM

Too bad. As more of the stores in the mall have homogenized, aiming at the same demographic, it was nice to go to Bloomie's.

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stookerbJan. 5, 12 1:19 AM

The comment is false and unjustified that the twin cities and luxury retailers do not mix. In fact this market is getting stronger and is why alot of the luxury retailers are moving into Mall Of America. The additional expansion plans in the future for MOA make this a know fact. International and domestic travel for this is also well represented. I have shopped at Bloomingdales since opening and the fact is the service is not as good as Nordstroms as well as the selection of luxury goods. As far as renovations the store definately needed a redo. Macys division stores have really taken a downscale if you ask anyone from the Fields and Daytons days. It now seems like more of a upper JCPenny. I do believe most luxury stores such as Nordstroms, Burberry, Kors ect... do very well at the MOA. It just seems like Bloomingdales has not keep up. I liked to shop there but saw this in the future. I hope Macys takes the hint and gets back to the old days like Fields and Daytons.

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firefly70Jan. 5, 12 2:29 AM

Let's be completely honest, there really are NOT a lot of Minnesotans who are willing to pay full price for anything - even so-call luxury items. I'm no longer amazed or surprised when I hear other customers asking/complaining "When is this going to go on sale?"; "$XX.XX dollars for THIS?!? - That's not worth it." My personal favorite - "It's only 40% off? I'll wait until it goes down further." This was at a store where the average price point is a bit on the higher end, but nothing really outrageous. And this is in a state where we don't have to pay sales tax on clothing! Yeah, luxury retail & Minnesota is a real great match.

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raineyrooJan. 5, 12 7:48 AM

While Bloomingdale's did well in the Mall's infancy, due to all the international visitors, it definantely wasn't a long term fit. Minnesota's more of a WalMart/Target type town. Look at the lack of luxury car dealerships as further proof. There's only three BMW dealership's in the state. Heck, according to BMW's website, the state of Alabama has five!

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r2d2midgetJan. 5, 12 7:52 AM

What I've noticed over the years, is that MOA is built like an upside down Titanic. You got all the swanky/more upscale type stuff on the first floor, and the lower class stores and pretty much all around cheap stuff on the fourth floor.

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FrankLJan. 5, 12 8:30 AM

The reality is that the big department stores are dinosaurs waiting for meteor to hit. Most of these stores only have 3 departments: Women's clothes, Cosmetics and Wedding Gifts. The Men's dept is designed mainly for women shoppers to buy something for a guy. With such a narrow demographic focus, I am amazed more of these stores haven't closed.

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ddellwoJan. 5, 12 8:38 AM

In all honesty, I think this a good move for the MOA in the long run -- I've always thought it was kind of "over served" with department stores anyways, and the addition of more diverse and interesting shops an the area that was taken up by another monolithic department store will only add interest to the MOA shopping experience!

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ohnowtfJan. 5, 12 8:42 AM

I am personally hoping for Zara and Uniqlo.

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