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03/29/2021

Report: American Dream fallout as lenders to take equity stake in Mall of America

Marianne Wilson
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Bankers are reportedly set to take a minority stake in the two largest malls in North America after their owner defaulted on its massive, 3.3 million-sq.-ft. retail and entertainment development in New Jersey.

J.P. Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs and a group of real estate investors are set to take a 49% equity stake in Triple Five Group’s Mall of America and West Edmonton Mall, reported Women’s Wear Daily. (The Financial Times reported the news earlier.) The developer had put up 49% stakes in the two huge malls as collateral to secure a $1.2 billion construction loan for American Dream, which is located in East Rutherford, N.J.

After long years of delay,  changes in ownership and cash problems, American Dream opened several of its attractions, including the indoor Big Snow Ski and Snowboard Park, in December 2019, with some of the retail component expected to open in March 2020. But the COVID-19 pandemic put the brakes on its plans. 

Some of the retail opened in the fall of 2020, along with more attractions, including Nickelodeon Universe theme park. Since then, more stores have opened.