City Creek Center Reshapes Salt Lake City Retail Landscape

Posted Oct 26th, 2011


SALT LAKE CITY (Oct. 26, 2011) — City Creek Center, a new shopping and dining destination opening in Salt Lake City on March 22, 2012, will transform the downtown retail landscape with a mix of modern architecture and historic restoration. As the centerpiece of one of the largest sustainably designed mixed-use developments in the nation, the approximately 700,000-square-foot shopping center will be a unique indoor/outdoor space showcasing Utah’s natural beauty.


City Creek Center, which is owned and operated by shopping center developer Taubman, will feature approximately 80 stores and restaurants — one third of which are new to the market. The retail center is part of the mixed-use City Creek project developed by Salt Lake-based master developer City Creek Reserve, Inc. (CCRI). The center is constructed on the site of two former shopping malls, and more than 80 percent of the material from the former malls has been recycled or reused as part of an aggressive sustainability program.


Unique features include a re-creation of City Creek flowing through the property, water and fire fountains, a one-of-a-kind fully retractable glass roof over the shopping galleria, a pedestrian skybridge over Main Street and a meticulously restored historic building façade mixed with modern architecture.


Unique Architecture

The exterior of Nordstrom on West Temple features a two-story translucent glass wall of LED lights that glow and subtly change colors. The only Nordstrom exterior of its kind, the building exterior integrates art glass, merchandising windows and a dramatic two-story entrance.


The entrance to Macy’s from South Temple features a clear glass winter garden and café. Macy’s exterior on Main Street is framed by the restored façade of the historic Zions Co-operative Mercantile Institution® (ZCMI®) building. Founded in 1868, ZCMI® was once the largest retail establishment west of the Mississippi River. The building’s original cast-iron façade was restored 35 years ago by a local company that was re-hired three years ago to again restore it as part of the overall City Creek development. More than 1,000 components of the 75-foot-tall storefront were meticulously removed, catalogued, cleaned, repaired and reassembled.


Natural Beauty

City Creek Center embraces the liveliness of urban density while providing open areas with dramatic vistas of the city and surrounding mountains. It also incorporates natural elements into the shopping experience. Meandering through the central walkways and plazas of the shopping center is a 1,200-foot-long realistic re-creation of the south fork of City Creek, which once coursed through downtown and was the original water source for early farmers. Two naturalistic boulder-filled 18-foot waterfalls cascade gently, while three unique fountains, from the designers of the Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas, will delight and entertain with musically choreographed animations using the elements of fire and water.


A four-sided outdoor fireplace with comfortable seating for gathering and socializing is located in Regent Court. The four sides feature art relief panels depicting Utah’s four seasons. The fireplace area overlooks the waterfall and winding stream below.

City Creek Center also features artwork inspired by Utah’s mountains, canyons, foothills and Great Salt Lake. The center features animal tracks sandblasted into stone throughout the property and sculptures showcasing Utah’s majestic wildlife, including bears, eagles, elk and seagulls. A migratory bird sculpture takes shape in the courtyard near Nordstrom.



Among its many unique features, City Creek Center has a fully retractable glass roof (the nation’s first in a shopping center) that can be opened during the warmer months, providing sunlight and airflow and reducing the demand for air conditioning. The retractable roof also enables comfortable shopping during Utah’s winter months, shelter from inclement weather and year-round customer comfort.


Guests can sail through winter shopping without slipping on ice or coating their shoes with salt thanks to a heated snow melt system located within the shopping center's main pedestrian concourse areas. The system sits beneath the walkways and melts ice and snow as soon as they touch the paver surface. 


A skybridge over Main Street connects retail stores and creates a seamless flow between the city blocks. Etched glass panels that form the skybridge roof automatically lift open to provide cross ventilation. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls offer unobstructed vistas up and down Main Street, including nearby Ensign Peak, and feature etching inspired by the tree canopies along City Creek.


About City Creek Center
City Creek Center opens March 22, 2012. The center is located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, just blocks from the intersection of I-15 and I-80 and a 15-minute drive from the Salt Lake City International Airport. The centerpiece of a sustainably designed urban community, City Creek Center will feature a unique shopping environment with a retractable roof, a creek winding through the property, a pedestrian skybridge, fountains and more. Anchored by Macy’s and Nordstrom, the world-class fashion and dining destination will offer approximately 80 stores and restaurants (one third of which are new to the market) in a casual, walkable environment. For information and updates, visit

CONTACT:    Becky Wickstrom, Intrepid, 801.481.9482,                

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