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America's Second Largest Mall Opens in New Jersey

作者:Bryan Lynn 发布日期:10-29-2019

The second-largest mall in America has opened its doors in the state of New Jersey.

The mall, called American Dream, has been in development for more than 20 years. The $5-billion project has more than 450 different stores and places to eat. The mall also has major park rides, an indoor ski hill and water slides.

American Dream is the second-largest U.S. mall after the Mall of America, which is in the Midwestern state of Minnesota.

American Dream will open in stages over several months. The first part of the mall to open, on October 25, was the Nickelodeon Universe park. The park contains more than 35 rides and other activities, says the mall's website.

Workmen toil in part of the unfinished retail section of the American Dream mega entertainment and shopping complex in East Rutherford, N.J., Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Workmen toil in part of the unfinished retail section of the American Dream mega entertainment and shopping complex in East Rutherford, N.J., Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

The DreamWorks water park is set to open on November 27. Next to open will be the ski hill, which is described as "North America's only indoor real-snow park."

The mall's massive collection of stores is set to open in March 2020.

When plans for the American Dream mall first started, physical stores were more important for most Americans. Malls were a good place to buy many different items in one space.

But the rise in internet shopping has led to financial struggles for many malls in the United States.

Sabrina Piliero, with World Ice Events, practices on the rink at the American Dream mega entertainment and shopping complex in East Rutherford, N.J., Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Sabrina Piliero, with World Ice Events, practices on the rink at the American Dream mega entertainment and shopping complex in East Rutherford, N.J., Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Economic experts are wondering whether the new American Dream mall will draw enough people to be a financial success.

A 2017 report from Switzerland-based banker Credit Suisse estimated that up to 25 percent of American malls will close by 2022. The report says such closures would be the result of the increasing popularity of internet shopping and several major store closings in recent years.

Officials from American Dream say they expect to draw 40 million visitors during the first year. They are hoping that being just 16 kilometers from New York City's Manhattan area will help bring in people from the city to spend money.

Visitors to the American Dream mega entertainment and shopping complex in East Rutherford, N.J., use the Nickelodeon Universe theme park, Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Visitors to the American Dream mega entertainment and shopping complex in East Rutherford, N.J., use the Nickelodeon Universe theme park, Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

"You can make it your backyard playground if you live in Manhattan or even if you're in New Jersey," Ken Downing, an official with the mall's developer, told The Associated Press. "It's a staycation. So, it's a little bit of competing with mindset and emotion, far more than a property, or even Disneyland."

But some economic experts are not sure whether American Dream will be successful in the long run.

Jason Goldberg, an officer with marketing company Publicis Communications, told the AP, "This development will either sink or swim." He added, "It's going to be tough to get a lot of attention when you are next to a much bigger amusement park - Manhattan."

I'm Bryan Lynn.

The Associated Press reported on this story. Bryan Lynn adapted the report for VOA Learning English, with additional information from the American Dream website. Ashley Thompson was the editor.

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Words in This Story

mall n. large, covered shopping area

skiing n. sport involving moving over show wearing skis

stage n. a period of development

backyard n. an area around where a person lives

staycationn. a holiday that someone spends in their own country or at home

(in the) long runphr. at a time in the future

toughadj. difficult

amusement parkn. a large area with rides, shows and other activities

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