By Greg Hugh | October 2022
Developers of the in Eden Prairie say they are planning for a 2-5 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022, “soft opening” of their 100,000-square-foot project, an Asian-themed mix of grocery, restaurant, retail, and office use in the former Gander Mountain location.
Between the soft opening and grand opening, Asia Mall will operate with limited hours and capacity — up to about 500 people per day — as the project officially gets off the ground.
Initially, the five investors — all founders of the Bloomington-based nonprofit Chinese American Chamber of Commerce — hoped to open Asia Mall last summer, later pushed back to this spring. But those targets were made impossible by supply-chain snags.
The concept is similar to the food halls that are springing up across the country: a sprawling market that highlights numerous vendors and shops, most with a food theme.
The Eden Prairie plan will be anchored by nearly a 40,000 square feet of grocery space, the Asian Mart, on the main floor. But the enclosed mall will also include full-service restaurants, small-scale retail, a food court, and more – some of it on a greatly expanded mezzanine.
Longtime Eden Prairie residents and restaurateurs Michael and Mai Bui are among the Asia Mall tenants. Michael said their sit-down Vietnamese restaurant, Pho Mai, and food court tenant, Bober Tea & Mochi Dough, both will have soft openings on that same Nov. 10 date.
Bui said Bober Tea & Mochi Dough will have a grand opening on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., with a deejay and dragon dance. Pho Mai’s grand opening will be Saturday, Nov. 19, he added.
Home Taste, Hot Pot City, Dosirak (Korean), CrunCheese Korean Hot Dog and Korean Dessert, Uni Uni and Legendary Spice are examples of other eateries that will be part of the mall. The mall will feature foods from throughout Asia, including China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam.
Less than 7,000 square feet between six spaces is still available. .