The American Dream mall in New Jersey will reopen its indoor amusement park, water park, ice rink, and min-golf arcade on October 1, and unveil its first major retail tenants, but much of the giant project still remains a work in progress.

The mall had remained closed even after New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy had allowed indoor malls in the state to reopen at the end of June, and after he gave the green light for indoor amusement parks to reopen on September 1. Big Snow, the indoor ski and snowboard attraction at American Dream reopened on Sept. 1.

As American Dream remained closed while other New Jersey malls reopened, speculation increased about the long-term viability of the project, as the development company behind it, Triple Five, missed mortgage payments on its signature asset, the Mall of America, which it used as collateral for American Dream financing.

With this reopening, as when American Dream first opened to the public in October, 2019, the full array of retail stores, attractions, and restaurants, will not all be ready to go. Visitors, instead, still will only see the initial phases of what the developers have said will be a multi-stage roll out of a project originally designed to encompass 3 million square feet of entertainment, retail, and dining, with as many as 450 stores and 100 restaurants, including multiple food halls and food courts.

As a number of the premium retailers planned for the complex have dropped out, either due to bankruptcy, or the changing retail landscape, Triple Five has revised its original plan for a complex that would be 50-50 entertainment and retail to one that is 70% entertainment.

Mark Ghermezian, co-CEO of American Dream, and part of the family that owns Triple Five, in a statement today, explained the delay in reopening by saying that American Dream executives waited until they were sure the necessary safety precautions were in place.

“We know that our community has been waiting to return, but it was important to us that we took the proper time and precautions needed to welcome guests back in the safest possible manner.” Ghermezian said.

“The last several months have been difficult for everyone, and even though we are still adjusting to the new normal, we are confident that we can provide guests a safer environment to make dreams come true for everyone, everywhere, as well as create much needed job opportunities in New Jersey,” Ghermezian said.

H&M, Primark, and Zara are scheduled to launch their American Dream mall stores on the reopening day. Thus far, IT’SUGAR, which bills itself as “a candy department store,” has been the only large store to open at the complex.

New Jersey news outlets have reported that 17 stores have given certificates of occupancy and are ready to open. A spokesperson for American Dream, when asked what retailers, in addition to H&M, Primark, Zara, and IT’SUGAR will be open on Oct. 1, said more information will be shared closer to the reopening date.

When the American Dream reopens, attendance at the Nickelodeon Universe indoor amusement park and the DreamWorks water park and other attractions will be restricted to 25% of capacity, in accordance with state regulations, so visitors are being asked to purchase tickets in advance online. Visitors also will be required to wear masks.

The Out of This World Blacklight Mini Golf attraction also will be open October 1.

American Dream said it will be making announcements soon about additional openings at the complex.

The big question for American Dream remains the same as always: If you open it, and in this case, if you reopen it, will they come? An even bigger question these days is can a megamall built and financed on the promise that it would draw huge crowds—as many as 40 million visitors—survive on 25% capacity?