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 will celebrate the Grand Opening of its World Trade Center location on Tuesday, Aug. 16 2016, with a majority of retail stores opening for the first time at 12:00 noon that day.
“The World Trade Center is a symbol of hope, opportunity, progress, and perseverance,” said William Hecht, Westfield’s Chief Operating Officer 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. We are incredibly excited to open our doors to our neighbors, New York and Tri-State area families, visitors, and all of our partners on Aug. 16.”
Opening day for Westfield World Trade Center will include a free, open-to-the-public Family Day celebration. Starting 12:00 noon and running until 6:00 PM, the event will 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 12:00 noon with a special flag commemoration ceremony held in partnership with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Held in collaboration with the 9/11 Tribute Center and HEART 9/11, with support from the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, families and individuals having a special connection with the World Trade Center site will be participating in the day’s events.
Westfield World Trade Center will be home to one of the most diverse retail collections in New York City, featuring 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 new center will offer 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. 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; Hugo Boss, H&M, Kate Spade, John Varvatos, LK Bennett, Lacoste, and Banana Republic in apparel; Under Armour in 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; and 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 (as slated for future opening), bakeries and sweets from Lady M. and Epicerie Boulud, plus artisanal coffees, pop-ups, and first-to-market restaurateurs.
As Lower Manhattan’s new meeting point, Westfield World Trade Center will be where 60,000 neighborhood residents, 300,000 daily commuters, and an additional 15 million global travelers are expected to converge by 2017. The property’s light-filled centerpiece — known as The Oculus and designed by internationally-acclaimed architect Santiago Calatrava — provides connections to 13 subway lines and PATH trains, as well as many of the ferries coming and going from Manhattan to New Jersey and Brooklyn.
Downtown wishes to congratulate Westfield in advance of this Aug. 16 opening.