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Sales numbers aside, nothing at City Creek will lure Layton shopper Kris Baker. She has never gone to City Creek and says she never will.
"I just have a problem with some of the philosophies of their ownership and because they’re closed on Sundays," she said. "I believe that if you’re going to serve the public, you should be open to everyone."
Comparing open-air malls
Two of Utah’s newest open-air malls opened within a year of each other, Station Park in Farmington and City Creek Center in Salt Lake City. Here’s a breakdown of each.
(900 W. Clark Lane, Farmington)
Mall opened » July 2011.
Owned and managed by » El Segundo, Calif.-based CenterCal Properties.
Number of stores » 48. Thirty to 40 additional stores coming by the end of next year.
Number of restaurants » 17.
Total acreage » 62.
Anchor stores » Cinemark theaters, Harmons, H&M, Old Navy.
Percent of center that is occupied » 75 percent.
Other buildings » 150,000 square feet of office space. Will feature a 125-room hotel to open fall 2014.
Exclusive stores » Some of the stores and restaurants that were either first in the area or state when they opened include Marshall’s, Gordman’s, and Zumiez, soon-to-open Republic of Couture, ParkStone Wood Kitchen, Twigs Bistro & Martini Bar, Johnny Rockets, Tilly’s, Go Lite, and IT’SUGAR
Unique features » State-of-the-art fountain in the center courtyard co-created by the same company that designed the “World of Color” water show at Disneyland. Six bronze sculptures created by artist Brian Keith. Children’s playground in the Village Park. Four fire pits. Hand-selected 40- to 50-foot sycamores and maple trees from Canada.
City Creek Center
(50 S. Main St., Salt Lake City)
Mall opened » March 2012.
Owned and managed by » Bloomfield Hills, Mich.-based The Taubman Company.
Number of stores » 112.
Number of restaurants » 17.
Total acreage » 23.
Anchor stores » Nordstrom’s and Macy’s.
Percent of center that is occupied » 98 percent.
Other buildings » About 800 condominiums and six office buildings.
Exclusive stores » Alex & Ani, Free People, Tiffany & Co. Michael Kors, BCBGMAZAZRIA, Bose, Brooks Brothers/Brooks Brothers Women, Coach, Cotton On, The Limited, L’Occitane, Love Culture, N3L Optics, Papyrus, Porsche Design, Swarovski, Tumi, HUGO BOSS, Utah Woolen Mills, Rolex, Pandora, Albion, Allen Edmonds, RUUM, Microsoft, Steve Madden, Papyrus, West Elm, Restoration Hardware, Illume, Anthropologie, Salomon, Albion, Athleta, True Religion Brand Jeans
Unique features » A retractable glass roof which is the first for such a mall in the country, a creek that runs 1,200 feet through the property, choreographed fire fountains, and a pedestrian skybridge over Main Street.
Instead, she likes shopping at Station Park and believes it offers a different vibe than other shopping malls.
"They’re open any day we want to go," she said. "It’s just a completely different culture. I’m just glad Station Park is closer to us."
Whether it’s for the refined urban flair of City Creek Center or the more cozy, traditional atmosphere of Station Park, Utah shoppers have a clear choice of where they can spend their holiday dollars this year.
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