Ravell Call, Ravell Call, Deseret News
Shoppers walk between stores as City Creek Center opens in Salt Lake City, Thursday, March 22, 2012.

SALT LAKE CITY — City Creek Center may mean shopping and food for residents, but its economic impact extends into millions in tax revenues, thousands of jobs and a new draw for conventions.

The opening of City Creek Center is expected to be a boost to Utah's economy, and even on the one day a week the retail stores in the center are closed, people still milled around the center's restaurants and Harmons grocery store.

The project's biggest restaurant, The Cheesecake Factory, was packed with patrons Sunday . Since the restaurant opened, there have been at least 150 names on the two and a half hour long waiting list, according to Priscilla Urquides, a hostess at the restaurant.

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