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World Trade Center mall re-opens, shows progress since 9/11

  • This Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, photo shows the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, lower left, and commercial office buildings 3 World Trade Center, center, and 4 World Trade Center, right, which are part of the rebuilt site, in New York. The Westfield World Trade Center, a retail mall, will open Tuesday, Aug. 16, in the three buildings. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

    This Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, photo shows the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, lower left, and commercial office buildings 3 World Trade Center, center, and 4 World Trade Center, right, which are part of the rebuilt site, in New York. The Westfield World Trade Center, a retail mall, will open Tuesday, Aug. 16, in the three buildings. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, photo, people walk through the World Trade Center Transportation Hub in New York. The Westfield World Trade Center, a retail mall, will open Tuesday, Aug. 16, in the hub and throughout the site. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

    In this Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, photo, people walk through the World Trade Center Transportation Hub in New York. The Westfield World Trade Center, a retail mall, will open Tuesday, Aug. 16, in the hub and throughout the site. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, photo, freshly baked breads are displayed at the entrance to Eataly, in New York. The Italian restaurant chain and food emporium will open its World Trade Center location, Tuesday, Aug. 16. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

    In this Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, photo, freshly baked breads are displayed at the entrance to Eataly, in New York. The Italian restaurant chain and food emporium will open its World Trade Center location, Tuesday, Aug. 16. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)  (The Associated Press)

The World Trade Center mall is set to re-open, and is expected to help transform downtown Manhattan shopping.

It's also a measure of the progress made in revitalizing the area since the 9/11 attacks. Shops from H&M to John Varvatos will serve a diverse group of area residents and workers beyond Wall Street that now includes advertising and media employees.

But they'll also be catering to tourists who come to visit the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

The new spaces let customers tap into technology, as some retailers showcase their latest ideas.

It will have more than 100 stores, with about 60 opening Tuesday and the rest by the winter holiday season.

Westfield executive Bill Hecht calls the location a "symbol of hope, opportunity, progress and perseverance."