Countdown to Stratford City's grand opening

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The Independent Online

There are now 100 days to go before the opening of Westfield Stratford City, the £1.45bn retail and leisure development that will complement the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Construction has been completed on the 1.9m sq ft site, and the 300 shops and 70 eateries are now being fitted-out. The anchor tenant is John Lewis, while big names Marks & Spencer and Waitrose will also have shops in the centre. Stratford City opens in September and is considered pivotal to the regeneration of London's down-at-heel East End, an area the Olympic organisers hope will be economically improved by the Games. Other host cities, though, have struggled after the athletes have gone home. Athens, for example, spent billions of euros in 2004 but many venues lay idle for years afterwards.