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Published: Saturday, March 31 2012 3:48 p.m. MDT

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Lasvegaspam
Henderson, NV

I am stunned to see a Teavana store at City Creek in Salt Lake City. Even more surprised to see one in Orem at the University Mall. Black, green, white or oolong -- they're all produced from the same plant and all off limits to faithful Latter-day Saints. What's next? A Starbucks in the Joseph Smith building?

rightascension
Provo, UT

I have seen five downtown SLC commercial incarnations in the past 50 years. We shall see if City Creek Center lasts any longer than the ZCMI Mall. An associate of mine noted the new mall looks suspiciously like a temple to consumerism, replete with pagan celebratory "art." Despite all the laudatory hype and optimistic assessments printed in the newspapers and heard on TV News, I doubt it will revitalize downtown per se or increase business traffic to the stores south on Main Street. Its first function provides tasteful merchandising in an LDS-dominated commercial management structure which will not detract from the LDS Headquarters Campus to the north.

H David Burton illustrates the importance of CCC both politically and commercially -- he served in the Presiding Bishopric 20 years and oversaw CCC from inception to completion to grand opening, and then The First Presidency released him.

Mukkake
Salt Lake City, UT

An article earlier this week by Chris Hicks pointed out the glaring lack of a movie theater (or any entertainment venue) at CCC. Many people don't find shopping for shopping's sake to be entertaining. Gateway will still generate more business because it has more attractions such as the Planetarium, a Megaplex, and the Delta Center (I will never use its new name).

Unless I am going to a specific store for a specific reason, I do not go to Gateway and wander in and out of stores as a way to pass time. The rare occasions that I do browse through the shops for no specific reason is because I am waiting for, or have just finished, a movie at Megaplex or an event at the Delta Center.

True, the Broadway (independent movies) and Capital (live events) theatres are within a couple blocks of CCC, but you have the leave CCC and run the gauntlet of bums asking for change (or just talking to themselves) to get there.

Cutting edge as CCC is, once newness has worn off, most traffic will come from Downtown's main attraction, the LDS church, and not for CCC itself.

DEW
Sandy, UT

@Lasvegaspam - aclu would stay out of our way and no starbuck not going to step in at JS Building. Just be happy

Dutchman
Murray, UT

Of course not everyone in Utah is LDS so of course you will find stores that may not suit the satisfaction of every LDS member. City Creek provides a broad range of services to all people. Putting movie theaters there would have been very harmful to Gateway. The LDS church is not out to cause the demise of Gateway. There will be a "broadway style" theater constructed in the next block south of City Creek if Mayor Becker has his way. That will provide the theater entertainment along with City Creek. City Creek will be around a lot longer than the ZCMI Center and Crossroads. Neither of those two malls provided the mix of housing and offices that City Creek provides and they were very unattractive enclosed malls with no natural sunlight.

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