In this Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, photo, people walk through the World Trade Center Transportation Hub in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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The reopening of the World Trade Center mall Tuesday, is expected to help transform downtown Manhattan shopping and illustrate how much progress has been made in rebuilding and revitalizing the area since the 9/11 attacks.Digital billboards in the mall include a 280-foot-long one.The 365,000-square-foot center will have more than 100 stores, with about 60 opening Tuesday and the rest by the winter holiday season.Westfield says 15 million travelers are expected to visit the areas from the U.S. and around the world next year to see the memorial and nearby places of interest.More than 60,000 residents live within blocks of the World Trade Center area, about three times the number from right before 9/11 .Hecht expects the mall will eventually generate about $1 billion in retail sales annually, making it one of the most productive of the company's sites.Aldo spokeswoman Marine Jegard said the company is happy to be at the mall.The new malls plus the developments to come are a lot of new retail for the area to absorb.
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