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For Immediate Release:
Contact: Joe Sheeran, Communications Managerjoe.sheeran@maplewoodMN.gov, 651-368-2951
City of Maplewood working to re-invent Maplewood Mall area, adapt to changing retail, entertainment trends
Maplewood — The City of Maplewood released the following statement on behalf of City Council and the Environmental and Economic Development Department regarding the closing of the Maplewood Mall Sears.
From City Manager Melinda Coleman:
“It is disappointing to hear that Sears plans to close its Maplewood Mall store. It has been a favorite shopping destination for many in our community for generations. Unfortunately, times and the nature of retail are changing.
“Over the last few years, the City of Maplewood has been proactive about re-imagining the area around the mall to accommodate future shopping, entertainment, and community needs. This has included re-purposing several properties along White Bear Avenue, Beam Avenue and County Road D for new opportunities.
“We are in the process of commissioning a North End Area Study, with the Mall and Health East as our primary partners. The City is exploring ways to expand residential development in the area to help increase walkability to shops and entertainment opportunities at and near the mall.
“Our demographics present an opportunity to build on Health East’s investment and expand the area into a medical corridor, with the possibility of health care and community-centered facilities in the mall itself.
From Mayor Nora Slawik:
“I, along with our council, have worked collaboratively with our business community to generate development ideas and look for innovative ways to plan for our community’s future.
“Our neighbors in Roseville and across the metro in Edina have provided tangible examples to turn older mall areas into more diversified entertainment centers that provide nearly 18 hours of daily activity in a range of industries.
“We look forward to working with the Maplewood Mall, various business leaders and our community stakeholders, to ensure we’re providing relevant opportunities to shop, dine and play in our city.”