|Westfield World Trade Center artistic visual. | (image source)|
Along with many other developments, the Australian retail development Westfield Group has purchased a large amount of real estate in plans of realization for an all new shopping center on-site. This retail project is to be the modern successor to the Mall of the World Trade Center which was also destroyed in the 2001 attack. The "Westfield World Trade Center" will be the name of what is to bring again the biggest mall in Manhattan.
"The retail space currently includes approximately 365,000 square feet of leasable space spread across multiple levels including the new World Trade Center Transportation Hub, with concourses that will connect throughout all portions of the site. It will have a major street level presence along Church Street, Cortland Way and Dey Street and above grade in Tower 3 and Tower 4. An additional 90,000 square feet of retail space will be added when Tower 2 is developed in the future." [source]
Westfield has already lined up retailers for 90% of the mall which is anticipated to open in 2015. There will be 150 iconic global brands planned including Abercrombie & Fitch, Apple, & Victoria's Secret.
Although neither Abercrombie or Westfield have confirmed any details, it is understood that they are very close to securing a prime location for the famous brand. Hopefully Abercrombie will pull-out something amazing out of the bag for this store as it will come to be one of their most prominent and iconic locations! A&F will also be taking up retail space along with J. Lindberg, Tony Burch, Michael Kors, Swatch and many other international glamorous brands.
But having a store in this future landmark mall - much understandably! - isn't cheap. Leasing figures are between the US$500-$600 per square foot range. Westfield itself has paid $612.5 million to the Port Authority, the part-owners of the World Trade Centre site, for the development of its project.
See Westfield's video, (here).
Below are some of the visual CGIs that the Westfield Group has released of the soon-to-be bustling, iconic mall at the center of the world's fashion capital...
What do you think of the mall? What do you expect to see from Abercrombie? Will there be a Hollister along with an A&F? Hopefully so! Drop a comment below and I'll be sure to reply!
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