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Opening date set for center 10 years in the making


It’s official: The long-awaited Westfield World Trade Center in downtown Manhattan is finally ready to open its doors.

Likely to become one of the city’s most visited retail destinations, the shopping center will celebrate its grand opening on Aug. 16. With 365,000 sq. ft. of retail space, it will feature more than 100 global and local fashion, beauty, lifestyle and technology brands.

The property's light-filled centerpiece, known as The Oculus, also serves as a transportation hub, providing connections to 13 subway/PATH trains, as well as many of the ferries coming and going from New Jersey and Brooklyn.

"The World Trade Center is a symbol of hope, opportunity, progress, and perseverance," said William Hecht, Westfield's COO in the United States. "Westfield is profoundly proud to be a part of this project and to introduce new experiences and energy to Lower Manhattan.”

The retail line-up includes Apple, Bose, Hugo Boss, H&M, Forever 21, COS,Kate Spade, John Varvatos, LK Bennett, Lacoste, Banana Republic, Under Armour, Sephora, Caudalie, Kiehl's, MAC, Dior Cosmetics, Disney and Kingkow.

Food will also play a key role in the new complex, which will be home to the second Manhattan location of the popular Italian food hall/market concept, Eataly.

The property also includes fresh food/gourmet grocer Market Lane, 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.
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