ZCMI Center Mall

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Photograph of an entrance to the ZCMI Center Mall in downtown Salt Lake City.

The ZCMI Center Mall was a shopping center near Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah that was owned by Zions Securities Corporation, which opened in 1975 and closed in 2007. At the time of its opening, it was the largest downtown mall in the country.[1] ZCMI stands for Zion's Co-operative Mercantile Institution, which refers to a department store owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) that had locations in Utah and Idaho until it was sold to the May Department Stores Company. The ZCMI Center Mall, along with the Crossroads Plaza Mall, which was affiliated with the ZCMI Center Mall, once constituted the largest shopping area in Salt Lake City.

On October 3, 2006, the LDS Church announced redevelopment plans for the ZCMI Center Mall and the Crossroads Plaza Mall, as part of a $1 billion redevelopment plan known as the City Creek Center.[2] The plan called for the demolition of the ZCMI Center Mall and the Crossroads Plaza Mall by the end of summer 2008.

Demolition of the entire project area began in November 2006, beginning with the Inn at Temple Square and the Crossroads Plaza Mall. The replacement City Creek Center opened in 2012. [3]

One of the features of the ZCMI Center was a large glass chandelier that hung in the former ZCMI store. The chandelier, which was made of Austrian glass and handblown crystal imported from Venice, Italy, weighed 3 tons and was made exclusively for this store when it opened in 1975. Macy's, the new owner of the store, donated 1,500 pieces of the dismantled chandelier to various charitable organizations. [4]

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  1. ^ "Salt Lake project has familiar ring". Deseret News. 10/8/2006. Retrieved 2008-08-25.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ "Downtown rebound: LDS church unveils plans for 20-acre development". Deseret News. 10/4/2006. Retrieved 2008-08-25.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ "SLC marks triumphant opening of City Creek Center". Deseret News. 3/32/2012. Retrieved 2013-10-21.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ "New lease for ZCMI chandelier". Deseret Morning News. 5/11/2007. Retrieved 2009-06-30.  Check date values in: |date= (help)

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Coordinates: 40°46′6″N 111°53′23″W / 40.76833°N 111.88972°W / 40.76833; -111.88972