A report released Tuesday shows that retail sales in downtown Salt Lake City were up 36 percent last year, largely driven by business at City Creek Center. But some businesses at The Gateway Shopping Center say they are not seeing the same trend.
Utah’s first Microsoft store opened its doors Thursday at City Creek Center. Customers were greeted with high fives and cheers at the door. Some came for the giveaways and free concert tickets, but Kelly McClean of Salt Lake City says she came out of curiosity.
“I’d never heard of a Microsoft store before, so I thought I’d come and check it out,” McClean says.
City Creek Center is hosting its first ever Black Friday. No one is quite sure how much money the Salt Lake City shopping center will bring in this holiday, but expectations are high.
Linda Wardell is General Manager of City Creek Center. When asked about expectations for the holidays, she laughed.
“It’s a great question,” said Wardell, “We still have a lot of first-time visitors to City Creek Center. That does make it unique for us, and a bit daunting for us when we start thinking about our first time holiday season.”