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Mall of America expansion won't include Mayo Clinic

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Hold the Mayo on that megamall expansion.

Three years after the Mayo Clinic said it would be part of a new wing at the Mall of America, Mayo has changed its mind and will not be part of the project. Groundbreaking on the mall's $200 million expansion is set to begin next year. A mall executive told the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal health care reform and other changes prevented Mayo from committing to the project in time to meet construction deadlines.

The expansion will include a hotel and space for exhibits and events, as well as retail, food, and parking. The Business Journal outlined the project last spring, when Mayo was expected to be the anchor.

Mayo is not turning its back on the Bloomington mall by any means. It maintains a store there. And the Rochester Post Bulletin reminds us that when it opened last year Mayo leaders said health care providers must begin to see patients "where and when it's convenient for them" (the patients).

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