Westfield held the grand opening of its World Trade Center mall location in Manhattan on August 16, 2016. The $1.4 billion mall, which encompasses 365,000 square feet of retail space, currently showcases stores from more than 60 retail brands, but it is expected to have more than 100 stores open by the holiday season.
The mall opens nearly 15 years after the original Westfield location was destroyed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. It is located within Lower Manhattan’s transportation hub, The Oculus.
Westfield World Trade Center also will be home to various restaurant concepts from world-class chefs; high-profile events and entertainment; technology showrooms; and sponsorships and media activations for global brands such as Ford, Pepsi and JP Morgan Chase.
As part of the grand opening, Westfield hosted a Family Day celebration featuring family friendly activities throughout the center's stores, hourly stage performances in the Oculus by a host of cultural icons and arts organizations, as well as samplings from a selection of food vendors.
With as many as 60,000 neighborhood residents, 300,000 daily commuters and an additional 15 million global travelers expected to visit the area through 2017, Westfield expects the World Trade Center site to generate $1 billion in annual sales.
“The World Trade Center is a symbol of hope, opportunity, progress and perseverance,” said William Hecht, Chief Operating Officer of U.S. at Westfield. “Westfield is profoundly proud to be a part of this project and to introduce new experiences and energy to Lower Manhattan.”