SOUTHDALE CENTER, America's first regional-class, fully-enclosed shopping mall, included a supermarket under its roof. The mall -and its Red Owl market- opened for business in October 1956. The store moved out of the SOUTHDALE mall in 1973, relocating to a freestanding store in the shopping center's periphery.
The mallway entrance of the SOUTHDALE Red Owl. The chain, based in Hopkins, Minnesota, had opened its first store in Rochester, Minnesota in 1922. Red Owl was originally a subsidiary of the Northstar State's Gamble-Skogmo conglomerate.