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November 18, 2014- The Post is reporting that several gourmet grocery stores will be opening in the WTC to compete with the Brookfield Place “Le District”. Is there demand for so many of these types of things?
The article states, “Daniel Boulud spinoff of his popular uptown gourmet market, Epicerie Boulud. The 2,000-square-foot space is planned for a balcony in the Oculus, the leviathan public hall larger than Grand Central Terminal’s main room, inside the WTC transportation hub.
Eataly’s 41,000 square feet, already account for more than half of the 120,000 square feet global mall giant Westfield has earmarked for food at the WTC. The most eye-popping sight on a stroll through the complex was Eataly’s home on 4 WTC’s entire third floor. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer views, including of Church Street and Zuccotti Park, arresting enough to distract customers from Italian edibles.
The new tenant with the largest floor space is Australia-based, high-end emporium Jones the Grocer, with 11,000 square feet two levels below Eataly.
Also signed for 4 WTC’s food market are: Lore Wine & Spirits, from City Hall restaurant owner Henry Meer; Japanese confectionary K Minamoto; brew specialist Beer Table; Nobletree, described as a “new coffee concept”; and Brooklyn-based Nunu Chocolates.
Elsewhere, Swedish cafe Fika has claimed a ground-level 4 WTC space on Cortlandt Street.”