The Wasatch Front is home to roughly 80% of Utah's 2.8-million-person population - meaning nearly 2.3 million people live within a short drive of Salt Lake City! Stretching from Provo to Ogden, this urban area is home to all types: Mormons, skiers, artists, bikers, musicians, and video-gamers. Some are 5th-generation Utah natives, and others are first-generation immigrants.
The point? This eclectic a population demands a diverse selection of shopping. And this large a population supports a thriving shopping scene - one so active that people travel from around the state to experience it.
Despite its density of businesses, restaurants, and residences, Downtown Salt Lake City has found room within itself to hold a number of major shopping centers and districts. The newest of these, City Creek Center, is a result of a multi-year renovation project in central Salt Lake. Occupying approximately 20 acres and containing 500,000 square feet of retail space, this newest center cannot be missed.
Also near to downtown is The Gateway, one of Salt Lake City's most upscale and generally pleasant shopping malls. This outdoor shopping center stands just a few minutes west of Downtown and contains a number of restaurants, a movie theater, and a children's museum. Trolley Square stands just a few blocks southeast of Downtown proper, and contains numerous clothing shops, food stores, restaurants, and a brewpub within its historic walls.
Toward the southern end of the valley, you'll find classic malls like the South Towne Center and Fashion Place Mall. These contain more than a hundred shops each, and all the familiar amenities of a modern-day mall.
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