First a food hall, now Rosedale Center is getting an aquarium

The Roseville mall is really stepping up its game.
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Rosedale Center is continuing its journey to become more than just a mall, with adding an aquarium next on the agenda.

The Roseville mall has tapped up Idaho-based SeaQuest to open an aquarium early next year, following in the footsteps of the Mall of America, which is home to a SeaLife.

SeaQuest's pending arrival early next year is confirmed on its website, saying construction will start soon on the aquarium.

"In early 2019, SeaQuest Roseville will take its guests on an adventure through rainforests, deserts and the depths of the seas. With exciting exhibits and activities for families and children of all ages, you’ll be able to get wet with the stingrays, feed birds and reptiles, encounter the caimans, marvel at the sharks, take "shellfies" with the snakes and much more."

SeaQuest let the cat out of the bag early, with the Pioneer Press reporting that Rosedale Center had planned to keep the news secret until January at least.

The newspaper notes the aquarium will take up residence across two floors, incorporating the former Ruby Tuesday's restaurant space in the JCPenney wing of the mall.

It's the latest step in Rosedale Center's ongoing transformation, which in the past few years has seen it embark on a $76 million renovation, add a new anchor tenant in department store Von Maur, and open a new food court, Revolution Hall, that has been critically acclaimed.

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It comes a time when malls are striving to maintain traffic and relevance in the age of online shopping by adding more entertainment options for shoppers.

The Mall of America, for example, has added new attractions, restaurants and accommodations in Bloomington, and also plans to open the largest waterpark in North America in the coming years.

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