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Mall Amazes Shoppers

By Conner Stevenson
Recently, seven students went to a journalism conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  There are many things to do in the city to fill one’s time such as places to eat and shop.  Among these places is one that meets the needs of every tourist.  This attraction would be the Mall of America.The mall is well deserving of its name due to its massive size.  It consists of four floors and a theme park sits directly in the middle of the colossal structure.  On the four levels, one may find a variety of restaurants, clothing stores, electronics distributors, sports and memorabilia shops, and even duplicates of the same stores.

According to, when calculated, it was discovered that seven Yankee Stadiums could fit in the mall.  In fact, the venue is the former home of the Minnesota Vikings and Twins shared stadium.  The “Home Plate” can be found in the center of the mall on display.

When visiting the mall, there is a lot one might want to know before getting knee deep in shopping and dining.

“Wear comfortable shoes and only bring as much money as you can afford to spend,” junior Nathan Britt said.

It would take an individual 86 hours to spend ten minutes to shop in all 520-plus stores.

“Looking at the map, it was really overwhelming because it was just four floors of insanity,” senior Carrie Young said.

Students had different reactions to the numerous stores found in the mall.

“Michael Kors is probably my favorite designer and usually you can only get his stuff online and in department stores and there he had like a whole store and it was really exciting,” senior Madison Guidry said.

There were a lot of unique elements in the mall, but Young thought that the amusement park to be the most unique.

The mall decorations for the holidays added to the experience of the first time visit to the great shopping center.

“There was not as many people there as I thought, but maybe it was just that the mall was so big that you could not tell,” junior Kris Harrison said. “It was cool how they had lights hanging from the ceiling and there was a giant Christmas tree which made the mall look festive.”

With four floors and over 520 stores The Mall of America has something for everyone. It draws in tourists from around the country, and for people who love to shop it provides the experience of a lifetime.

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    Faven ButlerJan 1, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    The writer did a good job with descriptions and citing his sources. The visual of the mall was very clear due to his emphasis on how huge it is. The opinions and tips from the participants were also good factors to add in. I think more history of the Mall of America could have been added in. That may of sparked more interest for the reader. Also, is there anything else besides the size that makes this mall special?

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    Michaela HarrisonJan 1, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    I think this article gave the reader a good idea of whats its like to be in the Mall of America. The atmosphere of the mall seems hetic will an amusement park right in the middle. I felt it depicted a good picture of the enviornment of the mall and the diversity of the stores and activities. It could have used more detail besides just numbers.

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    Parth PatelDec 29, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    This article is good in the sense that it explains how big the mall is. Using the opinions of students who have been there helps with the visualization of mall.

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    Jordan ThompsonDec 27, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    This article gave great feedback from our own journalism students, but it did not persuade me enough to visit the Mall of America. It seemed to me that the purpose of the article was to discuss the difference between the Mall of America and Southpark Mall. It simply stated the amount of stores, rather than the holiday chaos occurring in the stores. People like to read about conflict, therefore descriptions about holiday shopping would have made the article more interesting. Also, why did Carrie Young think that the theme park was the most unique? How was it any different than Busch Gardens? On the other hand, I found the comment about the Yankee Stadiums inside of the mall to be interesting and a bit surprising.

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    Marshall DunnDec 14, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    I like how the article states the opinions on what the newpaper editors believed was the best part of the Mall of America. However, I feel that it needed to show an explanation of the opinions. For example, Carrie Young believed that the Theme Park was the most unique. Why? What exactly did the park consist of for her to say that? How big was it?