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Mall of America turns 30 on Thursday

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — The Mall of America on Thursday is celebrating three decades of being an economic engine for the state.

It’s also been the site of many gatherings, weddings and celebrity sightings – bringing a little bit of Hollywood to the Bold North.

WCCO’s Reg Chapman was there for the celebration and has more on where MOA has been and where it hopes to go in the future.

The Bloomington mall first opened its doors on Aug. 11, 1992. It’s still the largest mall in the country.

“It was crowded here, wall-to-wall people, it was busy, it was a good time. Bloomingdales was here, Sears, Macy’s, Nordstroms. A lot of big stores, a lot of people,” said Bloomington native Sam Snyder

Snyder was one of the first to walk through the doors when it opened. He was also one of the first in line to celebrate its 30th birthday.

Hundreds gathered on the third floor to celebrate with cupcakes – all with their own special memories.

“We had to wait in this long line outside of Macy’s and we got this canvas bag,” said Sandy Young.

Young and her sister-in-law Linda Hughes have a tradition of meeting up at the Mall of America. They’ve been coming since day one.

“The mall has…

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