Destined to become one of the world’s most visited retail destinations and a landmark instantly identifiable in Lower Manhattan and New York City, Westfield World Trade Center will celebrate it’s grand opening location on Tuesday, August 16th 2016, with a majority of retail stores opening for the first time at noon that day.
“The World Trade Center is a symbol of hope, opportunity, progress, and perseverance,” said William Hecht, Westfield’s Chief Operating Officer.
The free, open-to-the-public Family Day celebration will start at noon and run until 6 PM and feature fun, family friendly activities throughout the center’s retail stores, hourly stage performances in the Oculus by a host of cultural icons and arts organizations, as well as samplings from the center’s amazing selection of food vendors. The day will kick off just before noon with a special flag commemoration ceremony held in partnership with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
The grand opening, hosted in collaboration with the 9/11 Tribute Center and HEART 9/11 and with support from the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, will host a number of survivors as well as many friends and families of 9/11 victims.
Westfield World Trade Center will be home to one of the most diverse retail collections in New York City, restaurant concepts created by world-class chefs, high-profile events and entertainment, cutting-edge technology showrooms, as well as sponsorships and media activations for global brands such as Ford, Pepsi,and JP Morgan Chase.
Encompassing 365,000 square feet of retail space, the center offers an engaging variety of more than 100 global and local fashion, beauty, lifestyle and technology brands showcasing the very best New York has to offer— all in one place. From luxury and high-end concepts to trendsetting designers and everyday essentials, this shopping experience is designed to offer something great for everyone.
The list of brands at Westfield World Trade Center includes Apple and Bose in technology; Boss Hugo Boss,H&M, Kate Spade, John Varvatos, LK Bennett, Lacoste, and Banana Republic in apparel; Under Armourin the athletic category; Sephora, Caudalie, Kiehl’s, MAC, and Dior Cosmetics in beauty; Cole Haan, Stuart Weitzman, Aldo, and Vince Camuto in footwear; Breitling, London Jewelers, Links of London, and Swatch in jewelry; as well as Disney and Kingkow in the children’s category.
Bold chefs also take center stage at Westfield World Trade Center. Alongside Eataly’s newest marketplace which celebrates authentic Italian flavors, the art of fine food preparation and the joy of eating well— the property includes fresh food/gourmet grocer Market Lane, the renowned London steakhouse Hawksmoor(slated for future opening), bakeries and sweets from Lady M. and Epicerie Boulud, plus artisanal coffees, pop-ups, and first-to-market restaurateurs.
The facility is expected to attract some 60,000 neighborhood residents, 300,000 daily commuters, and an additional 15 million global travelers by 2017— visiting the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, 1 WTC Observatory and other local points of interest.
There are few places in the world as “connected” as Westfield World Trade Center. The property’s light-filled centerpiece, known as The Oculus and designed by internationally acclaimed architect Santiago Calatrava, provides connections to 13 subway / PATH trains, as well as many of the ferries coming and going from Manhattan to New Jersey and Brooklyn.