With the passing of the 15-year anniversary of 9/11, it is a great ray of hope that rises in the new World Trade Center Mall that opened on August 16th. Bill Hecht, COO of Westfield Corp.’s U.S. Division said it best when he stated that the location of the mall is a “symbol of hope, opportunity, progress and perseverance.”
From another viewpoint, Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s retailing chief said that, “When you look at how many people now live in the neighborhood, how many commuters work in the neighborhood and how many tourists now are coming to the memorial, emotionally it was a no-brainer and financially it was a no-brainer.” There are upwards of 60,000 residents that live within walking distance of the World Trade Center area.
The World Trade Center Mall is 365,000 square feet and will be occupied by over 100 stores including a new FordHub that Ford Motor Co. has set up as a showroom, not a dealership. With an expected 15 million tourists and over 300,000 daily commuters, the World Trade Center Mall is a testament to the strength and perseverance of the United States, New York, and Manhattan.
“It took a long time, but here we are,” Peter Lowy said. He is now co-CEO with his brother, Stephen,
Westfield said that security and safety will be of the utmost importance and will take the highest priority. Not only for themselves, but also for the Port Authority. Uniformed Police and Private Security will always be present to watch over the World Trade Center Mall and its visitors. Westfield went on to say that, “As with any high-profile public location and transit center, there are extensive security measures that have been put in place with law enforcement and others.”
In light of the devastation that rocked the world on 9/11 it is with much hope and excitement that new life is springing forth from the ashes. The new double-level structure is a symbol that we are resilient, we can overcome obstacles, no matter how large, we will stand together as a country and a community and rise above and beyond. The World Trade Center Mall is a symbol of all that we hold dear as Americans, truth, justice and the American Way.