Apache Mall

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Apache Mall
Location Rochester, Minnesota
Opening date 1969[1]
Developer Edward DeBartolo Property Development Inc.
Management General Growth Properties
Owner General Growth Properties
No. of stores and services 114
No. of anchor tenants 5
Total retail floor area 750,000
No. of floors 1 (2 in Macy's, Herberger's, Scheels All Sports)
Parking 3,700
Website Apache Mall

Apache Mall is the largest enclosed shopping mall in Rochester, Minnesota. It was built in 1969 at the intersection of U.S. Route 52 and U.S. Route 14. The Mall's food court has had free wi-fi access provided by the city's only cable television company, Charter Communications since January 2007. Apache Mall is managed by General Growth Properties, of which filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy on April 16, 2009.[2] The mall is anchored with Barnes & Noble, Herberger's, JCPenney, Macy's, and Scheels All Sports. In 2014, the mall's Sears store was closed. A Sears Hometown store is planned to open sometime in the near future.[3] Shortly after the Sears was shut down, plans for a Scheels All Sports were announced, as well as an expansion of the building. [4]

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Apache Mall opened in 1969 on former farmland purchased from George Baihly. By the mid-1960s, southwest Rochester had grown significantly, with the extension of U.S. Route 52 past U.S. Route 14 (which had been the highway's termination point for a few years). The extension of the freeway helped extend the city's "belt-line" in some respects with a push south. Suburban development had taken hold by this point and over the next twenty-five years, the area would grow quite a bit.

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Coordinates: 44°00′15″N 92°28′46″W / 44.004255°N 92.479563°W / 44.004255; -92.479563