The Historic World Trade Center Mall Re-Opens in NYC

The Westfield World Trade Center mall officially opened on August 16th in New York City. This mall opens in the very same space where the older emporium was destroyed 15 years ago in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Some of the major stores people can find in this mall include Victoria’s Secret, H&M, Apple, and Under Armour. For now, only about 60 of the 113 stores will be open to the public. Other stores are set to gradually open as it gets closer to the Christmas season. The total space of this mall is 365,000 square feet.

People visiting this mall, however, will not just see the same old shops and restaurants they would expect from their suburban Westfield malls. Westfield has included some 50 shops in the World Trade Center mall that are completely unique to this locale. For example, one interesting shop set to open here is the FordHub, a dealership that features the latest car designs from Ford.

The centerpiece of this mall’s design is called the “Oculus.” The World Trade Center mall is actually within this Oculus terminal, which was designed by Santiago Calatrava. The design of the Oculus is meant to resemble a dove flying out of a child’s hand. Its imposing 160-foot height and 18-inch thick glass panels are sure to stun every visitor.

The Westfield Corporation was behind the development and reopening of this mall. They invested an estimated $1.4 billion in this project, and they began construction all the way back in 2014. All in all, this mall is expected to generate $1 billion in sales each year.

Since this mall connects with the Trans-Hudson trains from New Jersey, plenty of commuters will pass by these shops and restaurants every day. Also, with its prime location by the 9/11 Memorial and 1 World Trade Center, this mall is expected to see a lot of traveler traffic throughout the year. In total, Westfield officials hope that 15 million tourists will visit this mall annually.

NYC World Trade Center Retailers Opening August 16th

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.