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|Management||General Growth Properties|
|No. of stores and services||140|
|No. of anchor tenants||4|
|Total retail floor area||1,040,000 sq ft (97,000 m2)|
|No. of floors||2|
Ridgedale Center is a large, regional shopping mall in Minnetonka, Minnesota a western suburb of the Twin Cities. It is located off I-394/US 12 between Ridgedale Drive and Plymouth Road (Hennepin CSAH 61). Built in 1974, it is owned and operated by General Growth Properties. It was originally anchored by Dayton's, Donaldson's, JCPenney's, and Sears.
It is the youngest of the four "dale" shopping centers circling the Twin Cities, originally developed by The Dayton Co. The others are Southdale Center, Rosedale Center, and the now closed Brookdale Center. It competes with all of these shopping centers, in addition to the Mall of America, which is roughly 20 miles away, and Downtown Minneapolis' Nicollet Mall.
According to General Growth Properties, Ridgedale Center is immediately located near some of the Twin Cities' most affluent communities. The Trade Area for Ridgedale shows the average household income per year to be just over $92,000. As a result, the Center is often used to test new products.
Ridgedale's Macy's store offers the largest designer area among Twin Cities suburban stores and is often the first store in the market to receive new, exclusive items. Ridgedale Center's lineup of merchants also includes Ann Taylor Loft, Apple, bebe, Coach, Coldwater Creek, Hollister Co., White House Black Market, Buckle, and Papyrus.
Ridgedale Center was renovated in 2007. Focusing on aesthetics, new carpet, tile, paint, and fixtures were installed; as well as additional restrooms and a new center court. Plans were announced later to expand the mall with new anchors and additional stores. In 2009 Nordstrom announced plans to open a store in 2011. However, these plans were later canceled due to General Growth Properties failure to accommodate a new department store, according to Nordstrom. During this time General Growth Properties was dealing with bankruptcy.
It was announced in January, 2013 that Macy's Women's and Children's would be combining its two locations. Within the same week Nordstrom announced plans to open a full-line store in 2015 at the location of the current Macy's Men's and Home.
As part of this development General Growth Properties expects to add several stand along restaurants along the Center's perimeter. Macy's will expand its existing store from 202,000 square feet to 286,000 square feet with construction beginning June, 2013, with the intention of completely redesigning the store.
In early 2014, the Macy's Mens & Home Store closed to make way for Nordstrom and new stores.
- Ewoldt, John. "Macy’s brings its Ridgedale store locations under one roof". http://www.startribune.com. StarTribune. Retrieved 26 March 2015.