I’d Like To Buy a Nap

I’d like to buy a nap but not at these prices.

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 storefronts.

“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.

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1 Comment

  1. Melliferous Pants August 29, 2005 at 9:57 pm

    Well this is just weird.

    “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…”

    Sounds like a thinly veiled attempt at a “massage parlor” to keep husbands and boyfriends “occupied” while their significant others spend their money.

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