The stores at Eden Prairie Center are propelling focus toward entertainment as retail patterns continue to change.

On the southwest end of the mall, the new Scheels is taking shape, and although several stores have closed, other retailers have renovations scheduled this year.

“There’s a lot of positive activity and construction right now,” said Senior General Manager Nancy Litwin.

Scheels construction is centered on a 248,000-square-foot sporting goods and lifestyle department store. An array of entertainment is promised — from a 65-foot, 16-car indoor Ferris wheel to a 16,000-gallon saltwater aquarium with staff divers and 700 fish. A candy and a coffee shop are also expected. The store is planned to open August 2020.

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