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A Monumental Opening for Westfield’s WTC Mall

Westfield Corp. opened the $1.5-billion Westfield World Trade Center this week, nearly 15 years after 9/11 wreaked havoc on New York. A majority of the center opened fully-leased and ahead of the Australian-based retail company’s expectations. The balance is expected to open progressively over 2017 and 2018.

Westfield Corp.’s Steven Lowy says, “We have sought to respect and honor what occurred on this site in 2001 while demonstrating the importance of its renewal.”

Some 365,000 square feet of retail space is integrated across the Santiago Calatrava-designed Oculus, street-level retail in WTC Towers 3 and 4, as well as underground galleries at the WTC campus.

The retail space is fully-integrated into Lower Manhattan’s transportation hub and showcases a diverse mix of 100 international and local fashion, dining, beauty, entertainment and technology retailers, including flagship stores for Apple and Eataly.

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Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services. In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company. In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix. Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator. Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements. Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.

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