While construction work continues on One World Trade Center (NYC) at the site of the 2001 terrorist attacks, leases are being finalized for an expansive shopping mall inside the complex, filled with several upscale international retailers, including Apple. According to several press accounts, Westfield Group has signed one lease and is completing negotiations with other retailers to eventually occupy 460,000 square-feet of space at the site of one of America’s darkest days. A one square-block memorial park has already opened at the site, and work is well underway on one of four high-rise office towers that will surround the park. The shopping mall will occupy space below three of the towers, and on the lower floors of two towers. Perhaps not coincidentally, the three towers were designed by architects Foster + Partners, who are working on Apple’s new California headquarters and the future San Francisco 2 retail store. The retail mall management company is Westfield Group, which manages many malls where Apple stores are located. Construction on the three office towers and a major transit station is in the early stages. The mall is scheduled to open in 2015, when the Apple store would open. It would be the seventh store in New York City.
Westfield has reportedly signed a lease with Victoria’s Secret, and is negotiating with Apple, J. Lindberg, Tory Burch, Theory, Michael Kors, Swatch and Abercrombie & Fitch and other international retailers.
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