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What Slowdown? The Mormons Are Building a Mega-Mall

The Mormon Church is sprucing up downtown Salt Lake with an extravagant shopping center
What Slowdown? The Mormons Are Building a Mega-Mall
Courtesy City Creek Center

Mall construction has screeched to a near-halt across the country, with stores such as Sears and Gap shuttering hundreds of locations. But in Salt Lake City the future of retail is bright: On March 22, a 700,000-square-foot mega-mall will open in the city’s heart. Construction was funded by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

City Creek Center is the nation’s only regional mega-mall slated to open this year, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers, and more than 90 stores and restaurants are moving in. One-third of the retailers are new to Salt Lake City, including Tiffany & Co. and Coach. Nordstrom and Macy’s are also on board.