Westfield World Trade Center Mall Opens in Manhattan

Posted on August 17, 2016

The Westfield World Trade Center Mall opened in Manhattan today. The new mall is also dubbed the Oculus mall because it has retail space inside the Oculus transportation hub. The long awaited mall replaces the mall that was destroyed on September 11, 2011. The previous mall - also managed by Westfield - was known as The Mall at the World Trade Center.

The mall has 365,000 square feet of retail space. This space is integrated across the Santiago Calatrava-designed Oculus, street-level retail in WTC Towers 3 and 4, as well as the galleries that run underground across the World Trade Center campus. The mall contains over 100 stores and restaurants.

Westfield Corporation Chairman Frank Lowy AC says in a statement, "We are proud to be part of the spectacular rebirth of this site and believe that Westfield World Trade Center will become one of the world's most recognisable retail landmarks. Westfield World Trade Center will make an enduring contribution to New York as a vibrant center of commerce that complements the 9/11 Memorial and surrounding office buildings."

Westfield Co-CEO Peter Lowy says, "This development has been totally different than any other Westfield has undertaken. We initially agreed to become part of the World Trade Center site in July 2001 and have been intimately involved with the rebuilding and revitalization for the past 15 years. We have sought to respect and honor what occurred on this site in 2001 while demonstrating the importance of its renewal."

Lowy also tells Bloomberg that the mall and World Trade Center memorial co-exist. He says the stores operating without intruding on the memorial. There are no store entrances facing the memorial. The Eataly dining area on the third floor of 4 World Trade Center does overlook the south tower memorial pool.

Some of the top brands at the World Trade Center Mall include Apple, Bose, Hugo Boss, H&M, Kate Spade, John Varvatos, LK Bennett, Lacoste, Banana Republic, Sephora, Caudalie, Kiehl's, MAC, Dior, Cole Haan, Stuart Weitzman, Aldo, Vince Camuto, Breitling, London Jewelers, Links of London, Swatch, Disney and Kingkow. Some of the key food and dining establishments will include Eataly, Market Lane and the London steakhouse Hawksmoor.

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