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MORE THAN FOUR MILLION VISITORS AT MALL OF AMERICA IN FIRST MONTH OF OPERATION

 MORE THAN FOUR MILLION VISITORS AT MALL OF AMERICA
 IN FIRST MONTH OF OPERATION
 BLOOMINGTON, Minn., Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- More than four million people visited Mall of America between Aug. 11, when it opened, and Sept. 11. Mall of America officials estimate that daily attendance has averaged approximately 110,000 on weekdays and 200,000 on weekend days since opening.
 "We are very pleased. It is clear that Mall of America's combination of a wide range of retail, restaurants and night clubs, and family entertainment holds great appeal," said John Wheeler, general manager of Mall of America.
 "With initial grand opening crowds leveling out, it has become very comfortable to shop at Mall of America, particularly on weekdays," added Wheeler. He added that informal research suggests that many Mall of America guests plan on repeat visits.
 Wheeler attributed the strong attendance figures to interest in Mall of America's grand opening, "back to school" shopping, end-of-summer family vacations and tourism. More than 1,000 motor coach tours have visited Mall of America and approximately 3,000 additional tours are scheduled before year end. In the first week alone, visitors came from 29 states and six countries.
 Knott's Camp Snoopy, the seven-acre entertainment theme park in the center of Mall of America, reported more than one million rides have been taken in the park since opening. On average, 40,000 rides are taken each day in the park.
 Mall of America is the largest, fully enclosed combination retail and family entertainment complex in the United States. More than 300 specialty stores join anchor tenants, Bloomingdale's, Macy's, Nordstrom and Sears, and junior anchors, Oshman's SuperSports, Everyday Hero, Marshalls, Service Merchandise and Filene's Basement, in this 4.2 million square foot complex. At the center of the project is Knott's Camp Snoopy, a seven-acre entertainment theme park with over 50 rides, attractions and venues. Mall of America is located in Bloomington on the 78-acre former site of Metropolitan Stadium, conveniently situated near Met Center, home of the Minnesota North Stars. It is five minutes from the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport.
 The $625 million project was privately funded. Mall of America is owned by the Mall of America Company, a subsidiary of Indianapolis-based Melvin Simon & Associates; Edmonton-based Triple Five Corporation, Ltd.; and Teacher's Insurance and Annuity Association. Melvin Simon & Associates, one of the country's largest developers and managers of shopping centers is managing the project.
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 /CONTACT: Maureen Hooley of Mall of America, 612-883-8849; or Sara Gavin of Mona Meyer McGrath & Gavin, 612-832-5000, for Mall of America/ CO: Mall of America ST: Minnesota IN: LEI REA SU:


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