Economic downturn doesn't dampen interest in City Creek

City Creek Center may be trying to attract retail tenants during tough economic times, but that doesn't mean there will be lots of empty storefronts when the massive project opens for business in early 2012, a representative said Wednesday.

Interest in City Creek -- one of the few large shopping centers in development nationally -- is high, Mark Gibbons, president of City Creek Reserve, said without elaborating.

"We are very confident in the level of leasing activity that will be in place when the center opens," Gibbons said while speaking as part of a roundtable discussion about downtown development in Salt Lake City.

The project is set to include Macy's and Nordstrom department stores as anchors, a Harmons grocery store, a food court, several condominium buildings, apartments and office space. But City Creek Reserve, a development arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has yet to release much information about retailers that will fill 80 smaller speciality shops.

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