American Dream reportedly to emphasize entertainment offerings over retail

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American Dream reportedly to emphasize entertainment offerings over retail

By Marianne Wilson - 04/06/2020
Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream
Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream

American Dream is shifting course slightly as it bets on entertainment to bring in the crowds.

The long-delayed 3 million-sq.-ft. mega-center, in East Rutherford, New Jersey, was slated to feature a mix of entertainment-related tenants (55%) and retailers (45%) when fully opened. (The retail component, or at least the first wave, was expected to open in March, but the center closed in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic). But the tenant offering will now be more heavily weighed toward entertainment, which will represent 70% of the tenant base, developer Triple Five Group told CNBC.

“We are going to come out of this super strong ... really strong on the entertainment side,” Don Ghermezian, co-CEO of American Dream, told CNBC in an interview. “I think when [coronavirus] is over, people will be so stir crazy. Initially there will be some trepidation ... but I think we are going to have so many people.” 

To date, the only attractions that opened at American Dream before it closed for the pandemic were a Nickelodeon theme park, an ice-skating rink and an indoor snow park. Only one store, It’Sugar, had opened. And while reports had the massive complex almost 90% leased, as of March, the development was not yet fully leased, according to the CNBC report, giving Triple Five Group flexibility to reassess new deals to sign.

To read the full CNBC story, click here