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America’s Biggest Mall Planned in Miami
There will be hundreds of stores and an
indoor ski slope. More surprising is the possibility of sea lion shows,
submarine rides, and which group will likely be the most important customer
a proposal first revealed this week in the Miami Herald is approved and actually
built, the suburbs of Miami would become home to the largest mall in the U.S.
It’s been estimated that the megamall will cost $4 billion to complete, but
that’s hardly the only eye-popping factoid attached to the monumental project.
Here are a few more:
It’ll occupy a whopping 200 acres. That’s
roughly double the acreage of the Mall of America in Minnesota. The Miami
megamall, dubbed the American Dream, has been proposed by a Canadian company
called Triple Five. The firm also owns and
manages the Mall of America, as well as another American Dream, a much-maligned complex
near the East Rutherford, N.J., sports venues once known as Xanadu that’s taken
more than a decade to develop and still isn’t open; and North America’s largest
mall, the 5.3-million-square-foot behemoth with two hotels, a water park, and
800+ stores in West Edmonton, Canada.
It’ll be neighbors with two other
enormous malls. As the Miami New Timespointed out, the proposed
American Dream mall is planned to be built in Miami Lakes, at the intersection
of the Florida Turnpike and I-75. Given the location and scope, it would likely
compete directly with two existing monster malls in greater Miami, the Aventura
Mall and Sawgrass Mills—which currently rank, respectively, as the third- and
seventh-largest malls in the U.S.