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The crazy Northern New Jersey megamall that we've been anticipating for years now—you know, American Dream Meadowlands, the one that'll have an amusement park and indoor skiing?—has finally released some of its confirmed tenants. Most notably, FAO Schwarz will be relocating here from its Fifth Avenue home, and Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor will be located side-by-side to form "The Collections at American Dream," NorthJersey.com reports.
Other announcements include a permanent Cirque du Soleil theater and New York-famous restaurants like Carnegie Deli, El Vez, and STK. A handful of run-of-the-mill mall stores have also been confirmed, including Victoria's Secret, Gap, Abercrombie & Fitch, Old Navy, and The Children's Place.
To counter the "luxury wing" of Saks and L&T, which will total a quarter of a million square feet, the mall will also boast a selection of outlet stores that'll potentially include Bloomingdale's Outlet, Lord & Taylor Outlet, Nordstrom Rack, Saks Off Fifth, and Century 21.
As for FAO Schwarz, documents obtained by the site confirm that its New Jersey location will be its only store in the world. After the iconic toy store's status was in flux a few years back, they signed a lease for its spot behind the Apple store through 2017. There's no word on whether they'll break that lease to move to Jersey earlier.
Developer Triple Five is saying that more than 50 major retailers have already signed on for the complex—which is scheduled to at least partially open in fall 2016—but it looks like there's still plenty of space waiting to be filled: The site reports that it took dozens of retail leasing executives on a tour of the space over the weekend.
Names that were originally circulating more than a year ago—including Topshop, Uniqlo Zara, and Forever 21—were not mentioned as confirmed tenants here. Uniqlo CEO Larry Meyer declined to confirm a store when interviewed, but did mention that he had "a lot of respect" for the developers and their ambitious projects, including the Mall of America.
· Retail Giants Lining Up, American Dream Says [NorthJersey.com]
· What's Up With That Crazy New Jersey Megamall? [Racked NY]
· NJ Mall Will Have a Topshop, Ferris Wheel, and Ski Slope [Racked NY]