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    Updated on August 05, 2019

    Most U.S. consumers would automatically say "Mall of America" when asked to name the "largest" or "biggest" retail shopping mall in the U.S. That answer became completely correct in the fall of 2015 when the largest mall in the U.S. and the biggest mall in the U.S. became one and the same. 

    King of Prussia Mall

    Before the fall of 2015, the largest mall in the U.S. was the King of Prussia Mall in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. The reason the King of Prussia Mall was able to lay claim to the largest title was because of its square footage. The total leasable square footage of the King of Prussia Mall is 2,793,200 square feet, which was 13,958 square feet more than the second-largest U.S. mall, Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn.

    Before fall 2015, Mall of America, on the other hand, could be correctly referred to as the biggest shopping mall in the U.S. based on the number of stores that were located there. The King of Prussia Mall, with more square footage, has only about 400 retailers operating inside of it. Comparatively, Mall of America was home to about 522 retail stores as of August 2015, so in that way, it was the biggest.

    Mall of America Expansion

    In the fall of 2015, Mall of America's Phase II expansion opened, increasing its leasable retail space to 2,869,000 square feet, which definitively dethroned King of Prussia Mall from its largest record-holding position. With its Phase II expansion, Mall of America also added more than 50 new retail and restaurant tenants, strengthening its claim on the biggest U.S. shopping mall title.

    Mall of America is one of the most popular American tourist destinations, attracting 40 million visitors each year, which is almost twice as many as Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom amusement park hosts annually.

    American Dream Miami

    Unfortunately, Mall of America will only be able to bask in the glory of its largest and biggest record-holding statuses for a few years. If everything goes as planned, the American Dream Miami, proposed to be built in Northwest Miami-Dade County, Fla., with completion expected sometime in 2023 , will offer 3.5 million square feet of retail space . (A smaller, similarly named retail complex, American Dream Meadowlands, from the same developer is being constructed in East Rutherford, N.J.)

    Since the same parent company, Triple Five Group, will own both American Dream Miami and Mall of America, if there is any competition between the largest U.S. shopping mall and the second largest, it should be friendly.

    Many of the largest U.S. retail chains like Saks Fifth Avenue, The Gap, Lord & Taylor, and Victoria's Secret are hoping that some retail shopping will get done at American Dream Miami—in between visits to the Cirque du Soleil theater, water park, theme park, aquarium, movie theater, and concert hall, which will all be competing for the attention and discretionary income of American Dream visitors.

    A New Mall Experience

    With its integration of entertainment venues, hotels, offices, and retail space, Triple Five has redefined the U.S. shopping mall experience. While some might argue that a complex with so many non-retail tenants shouldn't really be classified as a shopping mall, it doesn't matter. Mall of America has continued to thrive while retail-only shopping mall traffic is dropping off and traditional shopping centers are losing stores.

    What's the largest mall in the United States?
    Overview. With seven major department stores and more than 450 stores, boutiques and restaurants, King of Prussia Mall is the largest retail space in the U.S. and the largest shopping mall on the East Coast. The mall's 2.9 million square feet of retail space welcomes around 20 million visitors a year. more
    What is the largest unit?
    Comparing data storage sapacites Unit Abbreviation Equivalent to Gigabyte GB 1,024 megabytes Terabyte TB 1,024 gigabytes Petabyte PB 1,024 terabytes Exabyte EB 1,024 petabytes more
    Which Indian state has largest rural population?
    Uttar Pradesh has the largest proportion of rural population in India.It has 155 million rural population. It is the 18.6 % of total rural population of India. more
    Which is the largest unit of classification?
    the kingdom The largest unit of classification is the kingdom. more
    What is the largest state university?
    University of Central Florida Ten largest public university campuses by enrollment during the 2019–20 academic year Ranking University Enrollment 1 University of Central Florida 69,523 2 Texas A&M University 66,746 3 Ohio State University 61,391 more
    Which US state has the largest aquifer?
    Summary. The Ogallala Aquifer is the largest aquifer in the United States and is a major aquifer of Texas underlying much of the High Plains region. more
    What state has the largest deficit?
    1. New York. New York has the highest debt of any state, with total debt of over $203.77 billion. New York's total assets are around $106.61 billion, giving the state a debt ratio of 273.8%. more
    What state has largest population decline?
    The 10 States With the Largest Percentage Population Declines in 2021:
    • New York: -1.58%
    • Illinois: -0.89%
    • Hawaii: -0.71%
    • California: -0.66%
    • Louisiana: -0.58%
    • Massachusetts: -0.53%
    • North Dakota: -0.52%
    • West Virginia: -0.38%
    Which state has the largest Haitian population?
    Florida is by far home to the most Haitian immigrants, with 280,000 of its residents being born in Haiti. Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach's counties alone account for over 200,000 of this population – a higher figure than any of the states on the rest of our list can boast. more
    What state has the largest homeless population?
    The first is the total homeless population. California leads the list with 161,548 homeless people. It is the largest state by far based on population, at about 12% of the U.S. total. more
    Is Ohio State the largest university?
    Ohio State is largest campus in the nation. more

    Source: www.thebalancesmb.com

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