Mall of America adds to experiential lineup
This summer, Mall of America will buy into the escape fantasy craze with the addition of The Escape Game, an hour-long experience that the Nashville-based provider of the technology says presents sophisticated content designed to challenge even the most ardent gamers.
In the group experience, players can choose adventures that include a Mars mission, a covert mission to intervene with terrorists, a prison break, and a museum heist. The 3,300-sq.-ft. space will be located on level 3 of the huge mall in Bloomington, Minnesota, near Sears.
“This is an important step in The Escape Game’s strategy to bring our innovative experiential entertainment concept to the mainstream, and to be able to do it on one of retail’s most iconic stages is very exciting for our team,” said Mark Flint, one of the founders of The Escape Game.
Mega-mall in Florida gets preliminary approval
The largest proposed mall and entertainment center in North America has been granted its first approval.
The comphrehensive master plan of the massive, 6.2 million-sq.-ft. American Dream Miami project won preliminary approval from the Miami-Dade County Commission, reported The Real Deal.
As developed by Triple Five, the new center would be a larger version of Mall of America, Bloomington, Minn., which Triple Five also owns. In addition to shopping and entertainment space, including several amusement parks, the new center would have some 2,000 hotel rooms. Estimates are it would cost upwards of $3 billion.
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Lowe’s, seven others, sign on at Lake Nona
Lowe’s has signed on as the third anchor at Lake Nona Landing, the newly opened shopping center within the 17-square-mile Lake Nona master-planned community outside of Orlando, Fla. The 158,000-sq.-ft. home improvement store joins current anchors Walmart Supercenter and Sam’s Club.
Developer Tavistock Development announced it has also executed leases for seven other retailers at the 53-acre site: TJ Maxx, Mattress One, Firehouse Subs, Anthony Jewelers, UPS, Rubio’s, and GNC.
Lake Nona is one of the 10 fastest growing communities in America with more than $3 billion in construction in the last 8 years across 7.1 million sq. ft. of residential and commercial facilities. It is the site of the USTA’s New Home of American Tennis – the largest tennis facility in the country.
Previously announced Lake Nona Landing tenants include Chili’s, PDQ, Pollo Tropical, AT&T, Lee Nails & Spa, Dunkin Donuts, and Sports Clips. Tavistock reports that 86% of the 625,369-sq.-ft. shopping center is leased.