The United States has some of the best shopping malls in the world. In fact, the US is the birthplace of the shopping mall culture that is now popular worldwide. The convenience of having multiple brands under one roof makes shopping malls a popular choice. Shopping malls contribute greatly to the US economy, as they create business and employment opportunities and act as a significant source of revenue for the state and federal governments. Here is a list of the largest shopping malls in the United States.
The Largest Malls In The US
1. The Mall Of America
The Mall of America is the largest mall in the US. It was established in 1992 and is located in Bloomington, Minnesota. The Triple Five Group own the mall. It was opened to the public on August 11, 1992. Over 42 million people, roughly eight times the population of Minnesota, visit the mall each year. The Mall Of America has over 11,000 permanent staff and employs 2,000 more under contract during peak seasons. The world’s largest indoor park, Nickelodeon Universe, is located in this mall. An aquarium with 100 sharks and more than 4,500 sea creatures is also a major attraction. The mall has 520 stores which generate more than USD 1.9 billion in sales.
2. King of Prussia Mall
The King of Prussia Mall, the second biggest mall in the US, is located in Montgomery, Pennsylvania. Simon Property Group owns 97% of the mall. It officially opened its doors to the public in 1963. The mall was designed to have two separate building targeting different market segments. In 2016, the buildings were connected to create one big shopping mall. The mall houses 400 stores including luxury retailers. More than 40 restaurants including the famous Maggiano’s Little Italy and the Stake are found in the King of Prussia Mall. It employs more than 7,000 people. The mall is a tourist destination with 25% of the visitors being tourists.
3. South Coast Plaza
The South Coast Plaza is located in Costa Mesa, California. It is the country's largest mall on the West Coast. The mall was opened on March 15, 1967. The Segerstrom family owns the mall. The South Coast Plaza has a retail space of 2,700,000 square feet that hosts over 270 stores. More than 24 million visitors are recorded at the mall annually. Revenue of nearly USD 1.5 billion is generated per year at this mall.
4. Destiny USA
Destiny USA is a large multi-level shopping complex that serves the Syracuse, New York area. The site of the mall was formerly a landfill. The mall's name was originally meant to be a play-on-words meaning "DestiNY USA".
5. Del Amo Fashion Center
Del Amo Fashion Center also features on this list of the largest malls in the US. The mall is located in Torrance, California. Simon Property Managers who are also the co-owners manage the building. It is has a total of 2.6 million square feet housing 200 stores. The Mall was the largest mall in the US before the construction of the Mall of America. In 1981, two separate malls, open-air Del Amo Shopping Center and Del Amo Fashion Square merged to form the Del Amo Fashion Center. Bloomingdale's, Gucci and Vineyards Vines are some of the notable stores in the mall. It is visited by 20 million annually