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Herberger’s New Store at Southdale: Traffic, Calvin Klein and Michael Kors!!! November 11, 2011

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Shareology is in a state of shock; she’s just back from a trip to Southdale’s just opened Heberger’s store. The shock is the traffic in that store on a Thursday afternoon; lines were 8-10 deep at most checkout counters!!!  It looked like traffic in a Halloween store on the morning of the 31st!!  And yes, the rest of Southdale still looks sad:

The  perennially dark Abercrombie & Fitch  is still non-welcoming and, well… dark.  The contrast couldn’t be more apparent:  next door is the light-filled, welcoming Herberger’s newly opened two days ago.  This corner was so drab that Shareology once did an article on What Shopping Center is this and included a grim shot of the A&F corner of Southdale before Herberger’s opening:

https://kayroseland.wordpress.com/2009/08/17/which-shopping-center-is-this/

A miracle has occurred; Herberger’s was full of shoppers on all three levels.  Surprise:  you now have another Micheal Kors choice besides the newly minted store at Mall of America:

Brands, brands, brands!! Michael Kors is not alone.  Shareology spotted Ralph Lauren, Coach and an imposing Calvin Klein presence:

Halston once said that the basic fashion neutrals are black, white and red.  From the look of the Calvin offerings in Southdale Herberger’s, that mantra is still going strong.  But wait, one more Calvin Klein display stopped Shareology dead in her tracks:

OMG!!!  A plus size on a mannikin!!!!!  Behind it, sizes up to and including 20!!  In the $150 price range…..  So if you’re larger than a size 0, run, do not walk, to Southdale Herberger’s!! 

Lesson:  Hell has apparently frozen over:  Shareology saw many sizes of the same magnificent red dress on store mannikins, backed up with merchandise to buy!  Happy Holidays, indeed!!

Kay Roseland    @KayLoire

 

And the Winner is…………..!!!!!!! August 25, 2009

Flora Delaney wins the Which Shopping Center is this?  contest for her brilliant, insightful commentary and suggestions for the future of………Southdale!    Shareology is very impressed with the caliber of submissions to the recent shopping  mall identification contest.  A special student category award presented to Diane Kulseth for the first submission of the contest, and for correctly identifying both Southdale and the Mall of America.   

Minneapolis-St. Paul has a special place in shopping center history with the first covered shopping mall ever, Southdale, and with the biggest, bestest, most PR driven, fly ‘em in from all over the world shopping mall, shyly named Mall of America.

Shareology salutes all the entrants for their intelligent comments on shopping centers, Southdale in particular  – and a special hint to Simon Property Group to read Flora Delaney’s comments and seek her out to engage her wisdom.

Kay Roseland   @KayLoire

 

Which Twin Cities Shopping Center is this? And this? August 17, 2009

Shareology is taken with the ups and downs of life and the ups and downs of shopping centers.  Take the photo below for example.  Shareology once worked for five years for the company that created, owned and managed the shopping center below.  At the time it was a stimulating beginning exposure to a retailing innovator.  Now, below, owned by others, managed by others, not so much.  And sadly, this entity was on top of the mountain when it began a whole new category of shopping with its debut. 

Shopping Center One:

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In contrast, the picture of a shopping center below.   Shareology spent at least two semesters attending classes in this mall; the strongest experience was Retailing Management, in the midst of a shopping center that attracts global attention, and one in which foot traffic never ceases to amaze.  

Shopping Center Two:

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So Shareology readers, how’s your shopping center IQ?   Can you tell me which two shopping centers are pictured?  Click Leave a Reply and leave your answers below…..I’ll publish the winners in a week…..

Kay Roseland @KayLoire

 

 
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