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Mall of the Americas on Flagler is making way for a Costco, South Florida Business Journal reports. Part of the mall is going to be demolished to make way for the massive, member's only, food sample abundant retailer, as its taking up 151,104 square feet of the mall. You'd better get used to it: it's signed a 20-year lease.
It doesn't seem like too much is getting displaced to make room for Costco, which will be located on the north wing and which will be closing its Doral location. As its website states:
Visitors to the mall may have noticed the vacancies in the north wing over the past year. Many stores have been relocated from the mall's north wing to the south wing in anticipation of the lease being signed with Costco and the resulting redevelopment.
The store will be opening in 2016, and construction should begin mid-October. It matches the rest of the retail lineup, which includes Marshalls, Ross, Old Navy, Home Depot, and a bunch of other small obscure shops, which is why we're dubbing Mall of the Americas, "The mall to buy in bulk and save."