Ranking America’s Largest Shopping Malls
Where do you go when you want to shop until you drop? Or maybe visit not two, but three Macy’s at the same time? The answer is one of America’s largest shopping malls. Even as retail leasing lags, these mega-malls continue to thrive. Just how big are we talking? The leasable retail space of our number 1 ranked mall, which might surprise some people, is the size of 48 football fields!
To make this list the only criteria was being considered one continous indoor shopping mall. Outdoor shopping centers were not eligible. The order of the list is based on gross leasable area. Here are America’s largest shopping malls based on Property Manager Insider’s rankings.
King of Prussia Mall: King of Prussia, PA – 2,793,000 Sq. Ft.
Surprised to see this well known Philadelphia mall at the top of the list? Don’t be, it too over the top spot in 2016, when the two original buildings were converted into one space. It edges out the number two mall by just 14,000 sq. ft. Just how big is the King of Prussia Mall? It employs over 7,000 daily workers and attracts 22,000,000 annual visitors. Since many visitors do not cover the entire mall when they visit, many retailers have more than 1 store.
Mall of America: Bloomington, MN – 2,779,000 Sq. Ft.
While most people think this is America’s largest shopping mall, it is actually second, based on leasable space. This does not include the 1,419,000 sq. ft. Nickelodeon Universe theme park. Accounting for this space, it would be the largest in North America and 12th largest in the world.
Aventura Mall: Aventura, FL – 2,700,000 Sq. Ft.
The largest conventional shopping mall in Florida, the Aventura Mall (pictured above) sits between Broward and Dade County. Due to its location, it serves as a major public transportation in addition to being a major retail destination. It contains 2 full size Macy’s department stores and parking for almost 10,000 cars.
South Coast Plaza: Costa Mesa, CA – 2,700,000 Sq. Ft.
With over $1.5 billion in annual sales, South Coast Plaza boasts the highest sales of America’s largest shopping malls. The highest concentration of luxury retailers in the country, its $800 sales per square foot is almost double the $411 national average.
Del Amo Fashion Center: Torrance, CA – 2,600,000 Sq. Ft.
After an 11 year run as America’s largest shopping mall, the Del Amo Fashion Center was replaced a top the list by the Mall of America in 1992. Today the mall ranks 5th in the United States and 48th globally. It has parking for 12,000 cars.
Millcreek Mall: Millcreek Township, PA – 2,200,000 Sq. Ft.
The largest predominantly 1 story mall in America, Millcreek Mall is a popular destination for shoppers because Pennsylvania does not tax clothing purchases. It attracts visitors from New York and Ohio on a regular basis. The plazas neighboring the mall are anchored by 10 big box retailers, hotels, grocery stores, and dozens of restaurants.
Interested in retail property management? Check out the average retail property manager salary and see what it pays to manage one of these mega-malls! All gross leasable area statistics for this article were taken from Wikipedia’s ranking of the world’s largest shopping malls.