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(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) La Jolla Groves restaurant will occupy part of the space that once housed the former McGrath’s Fish House in The Gateway. Costa Vida restaurant is in the other part.
The Gateway adds tenants, including eateries
Retail shift » Seven are open or soon will be in recently vacated spaces.
First Published Apr 04 2012 12:15 pm • Last Updated Aug 05 2012 11:31 pm

The Gateway mall, stung along with other rivals by tenants relocating to the new City Creek Center, has leased space for four stores that are expected to open by the summer, to go along with three others that recently opened their doors.

Already doing business are snowboard and skateboard retailer Epic Board Shop and women’s apparel chains Francesca’s Collections and Bettie Page. In addition, fashion retailer Buckle will be moving into a bigger space across Rio Grande St. from its current location.

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Unlike stores at City Creek, those at The Gateway are open on Sundays.

Set to open in the next 60 to 90 days are two eateries, La Jolla Groves and Malawi’s Pizza, vintage candy and toy shop Blickenstaff’s, and Called to Surf, which features swimsuits, footwear and sunglasses.

Each of those businesses already operates a location in The Shops at Riverwoods, 4801 N. University Ave., Provo.

La Jolla Groves will serve soups, salads, sandwiches, pastas and entrees, such as lemon-roasted chicken and beef tenderloin, at prices from $7 to $17. The restaurant also has a permit to serve all types of alcohol. It will occupy part of the space that once housed the former McGrath’s Fish House. Costa Vida, a Mexican restaurant, has opened in the other part.

Malawi’s serves traditional and speciality pizzas on a thin, crispy crust. It also features a menu that also includes salads, pastas and dessert pizzas. Prices are from $7.50 to $10. For every meal purchased, the owners will provide food to children in the African country of Malawi.

Both eateries are owned by Kent Anderson, a graduate of the New England Culinary Institute.

With addition of La Jolla Groves and Malawi’s Pizza, The Gateway will have 13 restaurants, compared with five casual dining eateries in City Creek. Both malls have quick-service food courts.

Blickenstaff’s and Called to Surf will share space that once housed Banana Republic.

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Along with Banana Republic, The Gateway has lost a dozen or so tenants to City Creek, including children’s apparel retailer Gymboree; apparel retailers Express, J.Crew, J. Jill, LOFT, Gap, American Eagle Outfitters; and Wells Fargo Bank.

The Gateway opened in 2001, and had the unfortunate timing of having a slew of 10-year leases come up for renewal this year and last, making it convenient for some retailers that joined the mall early on to move over to City Creek without any penalties. Most of The Gateway’s retail space is owned and managed by real estate investment company Inland Western, although some space, housing tenants such as the Apple Store and Old Navy, is owned and managed by Boyer Co., the original developer of The Gateway and owner of the development’s office buildings.

For years, the Discovery Gateway children’s museum, Clark Planetarium, Megaplex Theaters and the water-spouting Olympic Legacy Fountain have been among the entertainment attractions at The Gateway for children and families, said Heather Nash, spokeswoman for Inland Western. Some of the new stores, such as Blickenstaff’s, will enhance offerings to this demographic.

City Creek Center, which opened last month, was developed by Taubman Centers Inc. in partnership with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is a large mall anchored by Macy’s and Nordstrom and featuring dozens of specialty retailers, including a number of tenants that other Utah malls don’t have, such as jeweler Tiffany & Co., Steve Madden footwear, apparel retailer Hugo Boss and watch and accessory shop Porsche Design.

But its biggest advantage, at least for a while, will be its newness, and that may be the toughest challenge for other malls to beat.


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