Edina, MN (October 2016) -- Southdale Center – the nation’s first fully-enclosed, climate-controlled shopping mall – celebrated its 60th anniversary on Saturday, October 8th, 2016. Hundreds of shoppers joined in the celebration, which included live music, as well as food and drinks provided by Southdale restaurants. Southdale partnered with students from Art Institutes International Minnesota to create a “fashion through the decades” display, which showcases fashion styles representing each of the decades Southdale has been in business. This display, along with historical photos of Southdale, will be featured prominently at the mall through the end of October.
“Southdale may be the oldest mall in the country, but we’re still young at heart,” said mall general manager Ben Martin. “For 60 years, Southdale has been evolving to meet the needs of our customers. This celebration is a wonderful opportunity to embrace the values that have helped us thrive for six decades.”
First opened to the public in 1956, the original vision for the Southdale Center site was to create a connected community epicenter. Today, with new nearby apartments, an on-site hotel expected to break ground this year, and the recently-opened Hennepin County Service Center, Southdale is realizing that vision.
“A lot has changed in the 60 years since Southdale first opened, but the mall’s commitment to our community has not,” said Edina Mayor Jim Hovland, who also spoke at the celebration event. “It is exciting to celebrate this historic milestone, while we look forward to the many memories that future generations of area residents will make at Southdale Center.”
Southdale's 60th Anniversary Event attendees pictured in Southdale's common area:
A "Fashion Through the Decades" display featuring The Art Institutes International Minnesota Student Designers:
Marty Rud, Mall Manager at Southdale Mall in 1956, is pictured speaking to some event-goers:
Marty Rud (Left; Mall Manger in 1956) and Ben Martin (Right; current Mall Manager) pose together for a photo at Southdale's 60th Anniversary Event:
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