|29 Aug 2005 @ 22:09, by Raymond Powers|
SHORT ON SLEEP? MALL OF AMERICA SELLS NAPS
August 26, 2005
BLOOMINGTON, MINN. - The Mall of America has a 74-foot Ferris wheel, a shark
tank and a dinosaur museum. But if that puts you to sleep, a new nap store
will sell you some shuteye for 70 cents a minute.
The store, to be called MinneNAPolis, is aimed at weary travelers who need a
nap after a long flight but aren't staying long enough to book a hotel room,
or spouses of shoppers who are traversing the mall's 4.3 miles of
"We think it would be really good for husbands at Christmas, when their
wives are power-shopping," said mall spokeswoman Julie Hansen.
Founded by PowerNap Sleep Centers Inc. of Boca Raton, Fla., the new store
will include at least three themed rooms: Asian Mist, Tropical Isle and Deep
Space. Each will have walls thick enough to drown out the sounds of
squealing children at the indoor amusement park.
The 70 cents per minute fee works out to $42 an hour. Some pointed out that
it would be cheaper to buy an $8 movie ticket and spend two hours sleeping
through a quiet movie. At the company's other napping center at the airport
in Boca Raton, annual memberships cost $1,200 for unlimited sleep time.
It would be even cheaper to stretch out on one of the mall's wooden benches,
but people who work in the mall said they have seen plenty of tired people
walking around, but haven't seen many of them doze off in public.
"We've got the view of quite a few benches here, and I can tell you that it
just doesn't happen," said Sue Wendler, who has worked in the mall for six
years in the marketing office for Mystic Lake casino.
Still, some shoppers had their doubts about paying for a nap.
"Would you get your money back if someone snored?" asked Linda Belz, 54, of
"How do I know there won't be lice in the sheets?" said Ericka Dickerson, of
PowerNap Sleep Centers did not return a phone message left Friday by The
Associated Press. Mall officials said the store would adhere to a