Mall of America kicks off expansion

Dignitaries shovel confetti during the groundbreaking ceremony for Mall of America's phase II, which will include a hotel, offices and more retail space, Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at the MOA Rotunda in Bloomington, Minn. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Richard Sennott)
Dignitaries shovel confetti during the groundbreaking ceremony for Mall of America's phase II, which will include a hotel, offices and more retail space, Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at the MOA Rotunda in Bloomington, Minn. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Richard Sennott)

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) – The Mall of America has launched a $325 million expansion that will add another 50 to 75 retailers to the mega mall.

Mall officials kicked off the project Tuesday. The expansion also will add a new Food Hall, underground valet parking and a second atrium.

Also planned are a 342-room JW Marriott Hotel and a seven-story office building.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports the expansion kicks off a 10-year plan to nearly double the size of the Bloomington mall.

The Mall of America already attracts about 42 million visitors a year. Eventually, mall officials hope to bring 60 million visitors a year to the expanded mall.

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