The Mall of America announced a smattering of new store openings today, including Norwegian heritage brand Moods of Norway and J. Crew's hip little sister store, Madewell. Both stores are tentatively slated to open this fall with TBD locations, drawing speculation that they may fill up some of the 15,000 square feel that remains empty in the former Bloomingdale's court. (Currently, 8,000 square feet of that space has been taken up by a Forever 21 superstore that opened back in December.)
Any hopes that European fast fashion brands Zara or Uniqlo would occupy the space were dashed when both stores made statements in February making it clear they had no plans to come to the Midwest anytime soon. However, popular British chain Topshop may still be in the running. The store and its menswear offshoot Topman have been cautiously expanding, having recently announced openings in Miami, Washington D.C., Boston and San Francisco in addition to 50 or so other stores in undisclosed locations.
Additional Mall of America openings announced today include Blast Blow Dry Bar (the first blowdry bar to open at the mall), multi-cultural fashion concept Foreign Exchange, aromatherapy bath and body brand SABON, a store by Original Swiss Army Knife makers Victorinox Swiss Army and affordably-priced denim brand Silver Jeans Co.