Life Time Inc. Opens Mall Anchor Location At Southdale Center
Life Time’s club in Edina.

Life Time Inc. Opens Mall Anchor Location At Southdale Center

Filling the location vacated in 2017 by JCPenney, the new facility features an athletic resort, indoor soccer fields, coworking space, spa, and cafe.

Life Time Inc. on Tuesday opened a 204,000-square-foot anchor location at the Southdale Center in Edina. Compared to Southdale’s previous anchors—which have included JCPenney, Dayton’s, and Donaldson’s—the Life Time complex represents a different approach to attracting people to the nation’s oldest indoor shopping mall.

For Southdale owner Simon Property Group, the new Life Time is part of “the next generation of exciting and innovative experiential destinations.”

 “We're constantly re-imagining our properties to offer customers new health, dining, entertainment, and shopping experiences that cannot be found elsewhere—and our partnership with Life Time to transform Southdale is a perfect example,” said David Simon, Simon Group’s chairman, CEO, and president, in a news release.

The Southdale Center Life Time covers more ground than the JCPenney store did by nearly 100,000 square feet. Life Time hopes the complex will bring between 3,000 to 4,000 to the mall each day.

“It’s part of reinvigorating Southdale,” said Shawn Severson, general manager of Life Time Edina at Southdale, during an October media preview.

The Southdale site includes three indoor turf soccer fields, separate indoor lap pools for children and adults, and the company’s first rooftop beach club with multiple outdoor pools, a restaurant, and a bar.

At $43 million, the Southdale Life Time marks the most expensive of the company’s 24 locations in Minnesota. Nationwide, the Chanhassen-based company—which was founded in 1992—has nearly 150 locations. It’s also the first new Life Time club to open in Minnesota since 2012.

 “Our Life Time project at Southdale Center is one of our most exciting projects to date for our company and brand, and also for how consumers think about—and use—shopping centers,” Bahram Akradi, Life Time founder, chairman, and CEO, said in the news release. “In partnership with Simon and others across the country, we’re creating an entirely new approach to these ever-important locations to bring people back to these community hubs.”

The Life Time complex is spread across two 3-story buildings. A corridor entrance to Southdale Center separates the two buildings.

Occupying 147,000 square feet, the athletic resort building includes indoor basketball courts, swimming pools, physical therapy and chiropractic services, a café, a Rare Sushi restaurant, a kids academy, and a spa.

The building next door features the indoor soccer fields and the company’s coworking space, called Life Time Work. It’s the fourth Life Time coworking space to open nationally and the second in the Twin Cities, following the opening of the St. Louis Park location in April. More Life Time coworking spaces are on the way.