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.