[ti:America’s Second Largest Mall Opens in New Jersey] [by:www.otzgay.live] [00:00.00]更多聽力請訪問51VOA.COM [00:00.04]The second-largest mall in America has opened its doors in the state of New Jersey. [00:09.24]The mall, called American Dream, has been in development for more than 20 years. [00:17.84]The $5-billion project has more than 450 different stores and places to eat. [00:26.76]The mall also has major park rides, an indoor ski hill and water slides. [00:36.04]American Dream is the second-largest U.S. mall after the Mall of America, [00:43.03]which is in the Midwestern state of Minnesota. [00:48.32]American Dream will open in stages over several months. [00:54.60]The first part of the mall to open, on October 25, was the Nickelodeon Universe park. [01:03.72]The park contains more than 35 rides and other activities, says the mall's website. [01:12.96]The DreamWorks water park is set to open on November 27. [01:19.36]Next to open will be the ski hill, which is described as "North America's only indoor real-snow park." [01:30.60]The mall's massive collection of stores is set to open in March 2020. [01:38.32]When plans for the American Dream mall first started, [01:42.93]physical stores were more important for most Americans. [01:48.44]Malls were a good place to buy many different items in one space. [01:56.72]But the rise in internet shopping has led to financial struggles for many malls in the United States. [02:06.80]Economic experts are wondering whether the new American Dream mall [02:12.31]will draw enough people to be a financial success. [02:17.92]A 2017 report from Switzerland-based banker Credit Suisse estimated [02:25.54]that up to 25 percent of American malls will close by 2022. [02:33.28]The report says such closures would be the result of the increasing popularity of internet shopping [02:41.93]and several major store closings in recent years. [02:47.68]Officials from American Dream say they expect to draw 40 million visitors during the first year. [02:56.68]They are hoping that being just 16 kilometers from New York City's Manhattan area [03:03.54]will help bring in people from the city to spend money. [03:08.96]"You can make it your backyard playground if you live in Manhattan or even if you're in New Jersey," [03:16.67]Ken Downing, an official with the mall's developer, told The Associated Press. [03:24.28]"It's a staycation. So, it's a little bit of competing with mindset and emotion, [03:31.98]far more than a property, or even Disneyland." [03:37.52]But some economic experts are not sure whether American Dream will be successful in the long run. [03:46.92]Jason Goldberg, an officer with marketing company Publicis Communications, [03:53.32]told the AP, "This development will either sink or swim." [03:59.92]He added, "It's going to be tough to get a lot of attention [04:04.16]when you are next to a much bigger amusement park - Manhattan." [04:10.12]I'm Bryan Lynn. [04:11.96]更多聽力請訪問51VOA.COM 宁夏11选5推荐号码