Leading mall developer, the Westfield Group is all set to debut the massive World Trade Center retail space, with a “Family Day” kickoff celebration on August 16th. The Harlem Gospel Choir are all set to entertain and cast members from the “School of Rock” will also make an appearance.
More than 100 upscale retailers are opening their doors that encompass 365,000 square feet of retail space, including Michael Kors, Apple, Sephora, Kiehl’s, H&M, Hugo Boss, Giorgio Armani, Victoria’s Secret, and Under Armour, just to name a few. Already fully leased, Westfield World Trade Center is expected to pull in nearly $1 billion in annual sales.
The mix of tenants also includes 40,000 square feet of space for a food court, named the Eataly. The giant complex will ultimately redefine the customer shopping experience. The mall can host an estimated 15+ million visitors a day, which includes 15 million international tourists, 60,000 local neighborhood visitors, and close to 300,000 subway terminal commuters a day. It’s already been dubbed a New York City landmark, and Westfield World Trade Center is estimated to become the most populated place in NYC.
The company has also announced 30,000 square feet of space is being reserved to showcase retailing “branding” efforts through digital feeds and apps that enhance customer shopping. Looking for a red dress? These direct digital feeds will display every red dress available within the current Westfield World Trade Center brands.
Prior to 9/11, developer Westfield Group had three times less space and retailing tenants leased at the World Trade Center, which shows you how far the WTC has come.
Fifteen years after nine-eleven, architect Santiago Calatrava has designed this mall, called The Oculus. A mix of luxury, dining and fashion retail space that is linked to 13 subway and Jersey PATH connections and river ferries, welcoming consumers to a mesmerizing social centerpiece.
The majority of tenants will begin occupying their space August 16, and the rest will trickle in during the Fall.