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Long-delayed $3 billion mega-mall sets opening date

One of the nation’s most ambitious retail and entertainment projects has an opening date.

American Dream Meadowlands, the mammoth retail and entertainment destination now taking shape in East Rutherford, New Jersey, will open this spring, reported The long-delayed center will boost such attractions as an indoor Nickelodeon Universe theme park and water park, a Lego Discovery Center, a Sea Life aquarium, 16-story indoor ski slope, a miniature golf course — and more, including some 450 retail stores and a 150,000-sq.-ft. food hall.

American Dream, formerly known as Xanadu, broke ground more than a decade ago, but its construction stalled, delayed by various problems, including financing difficulties. In 2011, Canada’s Triple Five Group officially took over control of the project and rebranded it as American Dream. Triple Five’s shopping center portfolio includes the largest shopping center in North America, West Edmonton Mall in Alberta, Canada, and the largest U.S. center, Mall of America, Bloomington, Minnesota.

Between 30 and 40 million people are expected to visit American Dream within its first year of opening, according to the report.

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