The World Trade Center Mall was one of the most popular shopping venues in New York City prior to the tragic events that took place on 9/11/2001. It was a retail mecca within the hustle and bustle of the World Financial District and the heart of New York City. While some people may not consider the World Trade Center Mall to have been a shopping showcase, many shoppers enjoyed its variety of stores and accessibility. However, like the mixed emotions that have surfaced regarding the rebuilding of the World Trade Center, there has also been some concern about building another mall. That being said, the city and mall real estate giant Westfield have seen this new mall as a symbol of hope and opportunity.
The new World Trade Center has many more residents within walking distance than the Twin Towers had before 9/11 – nearly 60,000. There’s also a lot more commuters – 300,000 – going through there every day, since the Oculus, which houses the mall is also a huge transit hub. So there’s a lot of shoppers. In fact One of the Westfield Executives, Peter Lowy, the company’s CEO) stated during the grand opening that they expect to generate $1 billion in revenue annually, which is a staggering amount for a mall of its size.
The mall features popular and upscale retail stores such as Apple, H&M, John Varvatos, and Forever 21. This new shopping experience by Westfield is a mix of fashion, technology, dining, and even automotive buying. For example, Ford Motor Company is opening a brand new FordHub. It’s an innovative automobile showroom without being a dealership. Shoppers can take a look at all of the current and future vehicles offered by Ford without being pressured by a salesperson. In addition, they can learn about purchasing a vehicle on their own time.
The new World Trade Center Mall also offers hungry shoppers and travelers a variety of places to dine and take a break from shopping or on your way to or from one of the 13 subway stations. Eataly has opened its second Manhattan location and is a great place to grab a quick espresso or cappuccino, or browse their huge selection of food items and gifts. This new mall is set to make a major impact on Manhattan and will also let the world know that New York and America is not afraid to rise up from the ashes.