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Mayo Clinic to close shop at Mall of America this month

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Mayo Clinic announced this morning it will close its retail store, Mayo Clinic Healthy Living, at the Mall of America on Feb. 28.

Mayo "learned a great deal about delivering health and wellness offerings in the retail setting," said clinic spokesman Bryan Anderson. The clinic "is applying what's learned to other initiatives that are under development, including our Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center expansion in Rochester," he said.

Today's news follows Mayo's announcement in December that it would not participate in the Mall of America's upcoming expansion this year.

Anderson said the clinic is "continuing to evaluate our long-term presence at Mall of America and remains fully committed to serving the needs of patients in the Twin Cities."

During the past year, the Mayo Clinic Care Network, which forms collaborations with health systems nationwide, has grown rapidly.

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But Mayo CEO Dr. John Noseworthy said late in 2012 that the clinic is reviewing all its projects to maintain a wise financial path.

The decision was not due to an inability to survive financially at the mall, Anderson said.

"It's really a matter of focus/prioritization," he said.

Mayo is "transforming the practice, focusing on other priorities (than the Mall of America)," Anderson said. "We are developing the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Expansion, which has a significant health and wellness component. Others, such as Destination Medical Center, are integral, too."

The Mayo clinical office at Mall of America closed at the end of 2012, and now, the retail store will close as well.

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