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Burnsville Center August 1977An unidentified store "hiring" at the Burnsville Center.
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Burnsville Center 1978Displays at J.C. Penney at Burnsville Center.
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Burnsville Center 1978Burnsville's largest shopping mall "all decked out for the holidays".
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Burnsville Center 2017One in a series of random photos of the interior of the mall.
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Exterior signs for the Burnsville CenterThis is the signage being used at the Burnsville Center - 2016 - 2017.
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Exterior of Burnsville Center MallA 2016 photo shows an entry to the Mall located on Co. Rd. 42
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Interior Burnsville Center Mall 2016Portions of the food court and various levels of the Mall, located on Co. Rd. 42 are shown in this photo.
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Burnsville Center 2016Mall Facts produced by CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.

Burnsville Center is a 1.1 million square-foot enclosed shopping center with more than 150 specialty retailers including Aéropostale, American Eagle Outfitters, Best Buy Mobile, Charlotte Russe, Crazy 8, dressbarn, Gymboree, Hollister Co., Teavana, The Children’s Place,
The Limited, Victoria’s Secret and Zumiez. Burnsville Center also offers 11 quick-serve restaurants and six family sit-down restaurants.

New retailers include, H&M, Lucky’s 13 Pub, francesca’s, Shogun Hibachi, Vanity, Yankee Candle Company, Hoff Jewelers, Shoe Dept. Encore and Rogers & Hollands Jewelers.
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Burnsville Center 2017One in a series of random photos of the interior of the mall.
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Burnsville Center 2017One in a series of random photos of the interior of the mall.
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Burnsville Center may be at a crossroads - 2 pagesPublished April, 2107 in the Burnsville Sun/This Week News, John Gessner reports that the mall which opened in 1977 maybe at a crossroads noting, "The diminishing fortunes of many regional shopping malls in the United States are not lost on Burnsville Officials."
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Burnsville Center is a regional draw 2017Information published in the Burnsville Sun/This Week News Burnsville Community Guide 2017.

Burnsville Center is one of the largest shopping centers in Minnesota, containing approximately 150 stores, six restaurants and 11 food court options.The anchor tenants are Dick's Sporting Goods, JC Penney, and Macy's. A play area is located on the
lower level, near JC Penney. Deals and Events are listed on the Burnsville Center website. It annually hosts visits and photo opportunities with a big bunny around Easter and Santa Claus around Christmastime.

Paragon Odyssey 15 movie theater opened adjacent from the Bumsville Center in 2008. The 15-screen complex includes a VIP premier serving area called TheMezz, an expanded arcade and gaming area, and a 70-foot large format branded screen
capable of 3-D projections.
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Burnsville Center 2017One in a series of random photos of the interior of the mall.
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Burnsville Center Pages 16 and 17- The 30th anniversary booklet for Experience Burnsville - the Burnsville Convention and Vistors Bureau includes a feature on the history of the Burnsville Center, which opened in 1977.
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A brief history of the original department stores at the Burnsville CenterAn online posting provides a list of the original department stores - Dayton's, Donaldson's, J.C. Penny's and Sears when the mall opened in 1977.
The article provides a listing of the follow-up stores until 2015.
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Burnsville Center Grand Opening PosterPat Paulsen was the celebrity employed to promote Burnsville Center during its launch and first year.
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Burnsville Center Development AnnouncedLocal residents may get some tax relief and a few businesses arc expecting to feel new competitive pressure when the 530 million Burnsville Center opens mid-summer 1977.
The regional shopping center is being developed on a 114-acre site just west of J5W and south of County Road 42 by Homart Development Company, a wholly- owned subsidiary of Scars, Roebuck and Company.
The center is located in the 196 (Rosemount) Schoo District and will pay taxes in that district and to the City of Burnsville.
County Assessment Office figures show that 1976 rates payable as 1977 taxes that affect the Center include 19.44 mills for Dakota County. 16.91 mills for the City of Burnsville and 64.48 mills for the 196 School District.
An assessment office spokesman said unless there is a major increase in the budgets of the three taxing units the growing shopping facility will provide tax revenue that can provide relief for home owners.
On the other hand, the same source pointed out the opening of a new center may mean some smaller shopping areas in Dakota County will fail because of the strong competition such a center provides.
Scars. Powers and Dayton's Stores arc scheduled as major tenants in the 150-store Center.
In promotional literature Homart says a J.C. Penney store will join the Center in
1978.
Developers have mapped out their target area. They see customers coming to the Center from as far south as Northfield. from the west beyond New Prague and Prior Lake, and from as far east as Hastings and the Mississippi River.
While they also expect customers from as far north as Bloomington and Edina. the Homart leadership docs not believe the new Center will cut into their market for the Eden Praric Center also developed by Homart.
Both Burnsville City Manager Patrick Mclnnis and City Planner Glen Northrup see the new Center as a positive asset to the community.
"The opening of that center will make this more of a complete city." Northrup said. "It will provide 2,000 more jobs in the community, and an additional force in bringing people to the community to live and shop."
They believe the community and the developer have planned adequately for parking, traffic and city services.
While some business owners in the area predict "a giant traffic jam" when the Center opens. Northrup is more optimistic: "Traffic planning has been good. The developers have spent 5500,000 improving Buck Hill Road between 35W and the center for adequate entrance." He also pointed out that the state has planned and built appropriate interstate exits as well.
Mclnnis said, too. that work is beginning now to widen County Road 5 west of the center from County Road 42 to the Valley Ridge Shopping Center. The eventual goal, he said, is to urge county authorities to make County Road 5 four-lane from State Highway 13 to the Dakota County line.
The developers have planned for parking for more than 5,000 cars initially. Burnsville Center is built at the north
end of a much larger excavated site that was initially landscaped and cleared to include the center with satellite service centers, banks and office and housing complexes. When economic crunches were felt in late 1973 and early 1974 investments became more risky and building came to a halt.
Northrup said no plans have been brought to his office for other developments from the shopping center to Crystal Lake Road.
Some residents of the area said in interviews that while they have no complaint against the new shopping center they are discouraged that forest areas to the south were bulldozed as long as two years ago for buildings that have never materialized.
One government official said he felt "personally" that the development company got started with the new Center just before the economy went into a slump "or we wouldn't even have the new shopping center."
The same spokesman said he believes some smaller shopping centers will "lose out" to the new Center and will drop in value.
Burnsville city records show that it has been nine years since that area was zoned for a regional shopping center, with final approval of shopping center plans made in December 1973.
Spokesmen for three other shopping centers in the Burnsville area sec the new Center as retaining retail business in Dakota County instead of losing shoppers to the Twin Cities.
Earl Johnson, president of Sioux Trail Center Merchants Association, and owner of a television and hardware store, said "The more businesses we can get to come to Burnsville. the more we'll keep people shopping at home instead of across the
river." Sioux Trail's shopping area is three years old and located at Minnesota Highway 13 and Cliff Road.
Loren Henry, of Klodt Construction Company, heads the Diamondhead Center, now almost two years old. and located on the Burnsville Crosstown.
"There is a certain amount of anxiety in seeing such a huge center go up. We know, for example that a couple of our tenants plan to expand, adding stores there as well as keeping those at Diamondhead. But we do sec the center as serving people on a less regular basis than we do." Mclnnis said he did not see this as a major burden on the Department of Public Safety which now includes 34 sworn officers, 14 community service persons (interns and trainees) and seven volunteers to serve the city of 32,000.
As for the Center itself, it will be ready for interior work this fall. A visit this past week showed the Dayton's store with steel structure in place and footings being poured for the Powers store. The Sears exterior is complete.
"Our businesses are primarily convenience ones essential to the community." said Dale Sauer, of Kraus-Andcrson Properties which manages Valley Ridge, on Burnsville Parkway West Drive.
" We have groceries and hardware stores, beauty and barber shops, the local cleaners, the kind of neighborhood center people need every day. while the regional centers provide a place for major purchases and fashion interest." he said.
Burnsville will provide city police and fire protection services even though the new center will hire its own security personnel.
Dayton's tenth store in the state will be the largest of the major stores in the center with 171.000 square feet. It will be located on the west end of the center and will include a restaurant.
Sears will be located at the east end of the long mall, with Powers to the north and Penney's to the south.
When viewed from the access roads, the Center's obvious unique feature is a scries of octagonal skylights. These are
planned to provide an outdoor atmosphere to a central court which will have thousands of dollars worth of trees and shrubs growing in the midst of retail stores.
A fast food service is planned under a canopy of trees and the building is said to be designed for community events that will include comfortable seating.
Some old trees have been maintained on what was once the old farm site, and new plantings are already in the parking areas.
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Burnsville Center 2017One in a series of random photos of the interior of the mall.
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Line drawing 1988 - Burnsville Center MallArtist Barb Starner created a series of Burnsville historic sites for the 1988 Cornerstone Copy calendar.
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Sears Closing at Burnsville Center 2017Burnsville is just one of the locations nationwide being closed by Sears in 2017.
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Burnsville Center 2017One in a series of random photos of the interior of the mall.
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Sears Closing at Burnsville Center 2017Lower level entry to the Burnsville Center's Sears store going out of business.
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Sears Closing at Burnsville Center 2017Everything - including fixtures - are being sold as Sears goes out of business.
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Burnsville Center 2017One in a series of random photos of the interior of the mall.
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Burnsville Center 2017One in a series of random photos of the interior of the mall.
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Burnsville Center 2017One in a series of random photos of the interior of the mall.
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Hello Burnsville Sign at Sears 2017August 2017 Sears will say good bye to Burnsville, as it closes yet another store nationwide.
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Burnsville Center 2017The sky light - One in a series of random photos of the interior of the mall.
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Burnsville Center 2017One in a series of random photos of the interior of the mall.
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Sears Closing 2017An original anchor store, Sears in Burnsville and in many other cities, closes.
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