Mall of America announces next chapter for

Community Commons

The unique retail space helps local, minority-owned businesses build their brands and forge their futures


BLOOMINGTON, MN— March 2, 2021

Community Commons at Mall of America is preparing to add new brands in the coming months. True to its original mission of assisting local, minority-owned businesses, the next chapter for the unique retail space begins on April 1 welcoming new brands and celebrating current brands that will remain in the space. Some of the original businesses will transition to independent locations within Mall of America.

The new businesses entering the space benefit from no rent for the initial three months, allowing them the opportunity to get up and running. After three months, they will have the opportunity to open an independent space within Mall of America or remain in Community Commons for an extended period with percentage rent.

“Community Commons was created out of hope and possibility in an effort to help locally-owned businesses begin to rebuild what many had lost last year,” said Jill Renslow, EVP of Business Development and Marketing for Mall of America. “Throughout the last six months, Community Commons has given 17 businesses the opportunity to reach new consumers, strengthen their brands and continue their operations. We are proud of what these entrepreneurs have accomplished, and we’re excited that several will open in new spaces at Mall of America.”

This one-of-a-kind retail experience will remain in its current location on Level 2, South at Mall of America. The businesses in the space benefit from the continued in-kind support from the award-winning team at KNOCK inc., a full-experience creative agency who uses people-focused design to build love and loyalty for brands.

Community Commons will be closed March 29 - 31 for this next transition. New businesses joining the retail space will be announced in the coming weeks ahead of the re-opening along with an announcement for Community Commons businesses opening their own independent spaces within Mall of America. 

The goal for future phases of Community Commons is to feature a revolving group of retailers and ultimately, to give local, minority-owned businesses an opportunity to test their concepts at Mall of America with the hopes of creating successful, long-term partnerships.

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At 5.6 million square feet, Mall of America is the largest shopping and entertainment complex in North America with more than 520 world-class retail stores and restaurants; Nickelodeon Universe, a 7-acre indoor theme park; SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium and more. The Mall opened in 1992 and in Bloomington, Minn., minutes from downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul and adjacent to the MSP International Airport.