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Rides or shopping? The reopened American Dream mega mall will have both starting this week.

If you’ve been waiting for American Dream to reopen so you could scream at the top of your lungs on an indoor roller coaster or to add the perfect sweater to your fall wardrobe, you’ll be able to do both Oct. 1.

American Dream is scheduled to reopen Thursday after more than six of months of being closed due to the pandemic. The entertainment-heavy development in East Rutherford didn’t open when other indoor malls were allowed to June 29 because it only had one retailer doing business — IT’SUGAR, a three-story candy department store — prior to the COVID-19 closure.

And it also didn’t reopen Sept. 1 when Gov. Phil Murphy gave permission for indoor amusements to resume operations with restrictions. (Although, Big SNOW at American Dream did open then).

Now, more than a dozen stores have been granted certificates of occupancy since March and most of the rides at

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