Finally. After spending much of 2014 speculating about what will come to Westfield World Trade Center, the shopping center seen as a rival to the luxe Brookfield Place has just confirmed some of its tenants to WWD—and hinted at who else may be on board.
The biggest surprise in this list? Michael Kors. The high-end American brand will have a "flagship presentation," according to Westfield Group COO Greg Miles, though the store's size wasn't confirmed. It will certainly be larger than the accessories shop that's coming to Brookfield Place.
Others stores included on this list that have been previously rumored include, in alphabetical order: Asics, Breitling, Bose, Hugo Boss, John Varvatos, Kiehl's, Montblanc, Tumi, Turnbull & Asser, and Zadig & Voltaire.
There's also some names that we haven't heard before that were just confirmed: Aesop, Camper, Desigual, M.A.C, Reiss, and Vince Camuto.
Out of the 350,000 square feet available for retail space here, these stores only comprise 15 percent of the expected 150 stores that'll begin opening in fall 2015. It's estimated that there are three average store size blueprints (900, 3,000, and 9,000 square feet), with the average store taking up 2,200 square feet at an average price of $450 per square foot (see how that compares to some of the city's other retail hot spots).
"We thought it was incredibly important to have a mix that would satisfy three key groups: the growing residential community, the office-worker population and the tourist market," Miles told WWD, adding that "we always said that we were really after a curated mix for retailers."
"The leasing isn't complete," he added. "A lot of other retailers are in the advanced stages of negotiations." That includes Apple and Tiffany, the latter of which was first revealed in April. Other rumored high-end tenants like Tom Ford, Giorgio Armani, and more might be waiting for street-level retail spaces to be completed in 2016 or 2017, according to unnamed sources.
"The names are a taste of what we're doing," said Miles. "There's obviously many more deals done, but putting out a list of 50 or 100 names didn't make sense. There's just a handful of spaces left."
Of course, expect plenty of more fashion names to come out soon enough—"fashion gives the space a sense of energy," Miles said. Westfield Group's commitment to fashion is exemplified by its partnership with the CFDA announced earlier this year. Fashionable food—like Eataly—will also play a major role here.