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Cherry Creek Shopping Center
Location Denver, Colorado
Owner Taubman Properties
No. of stores and services 160+
No. of anchor tenants 4
Total retail floor area 1,032,000 sq ft (95,900 m2)
No. of floors 2
Cherry Creek Center during the holiday season
Cherry creek mall interior panorama
Cherry Creek Center atrium and playground

Cherry Creek Shopping Center, also known as Cherry Creek Center, is a shopping mall about three and half miles southeast of downtown Denver, Colorado in the Cherry Creek Neighborhood. It is situated along East First Avenue on the banks of Cherry Creek.

Located near downtown Denver, Cherry Creek Center has over 160 specialty boutiques and over 40 stores exclusive to the area including Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., Burberry, Neiman Marcus, Tory Burch, Stuart Weitzman, OMEGA, and David Yurman. Other stores include Nordstrom, Macy’s, Apple, H&M, Sephora, Forever 21, and Coach, in addition dining spots like Elway’s Steakhouse, Kona Grill, 801 Chophouse and Rainforest Cafe until it closed in 2001. In addition to shopping, Cherry Creek Center offers an eight-screen movie theater, weekly seasonal farmers markets, a children’s play area, and various dining.

Cherry Creek Center was originally completed in 1953, and was renovated in 1990, currently anchored by three department stores; Neiman Marcus, Macy's, and Nordstrom. Lord & Taylor opened a location at the mall in 1990, a newer expanded store closed in 2004 citing a weak and competitive regional marketplace. Other than the shops in Aspen, Cherry Creek Center is the exclusive location of several luxury retailers in Colorado. Saks Fifth Avenue closed in March 2011 and became Restoration Hardware in 2015. The mall is home to many international brands like Louis Vuitton, Burberry, and Brooks Brothers.

It is also home to an eight screen movie theater operated by AMC. The mall is operated by the Taubman Centers company.

Before the shopping center

The shopping center is a triumph of mined land reclamation. Before the shopping center, sand was mined from a large pit. After it was mined out, the city used the pit as a sanitary landfill in the 1940s. After the pit was filled with trash, the first Cherry Creek shopping center was built atop the dump. (Matthew J. Sheridan (1970) Urbanization and its Impact on the Mineral Aggregate Industry in the Denver, Colo., Area, US Bureau of Mines, Information Circular 8320) It was designed in 1949 by Temple Hoyne Buell and is still in use, located immediately west of the larger mall facility extension renovated in 1990. The current location of Bed, Bath and Beyond was originally the Cherry Creek location of The Denver Dry Goods Company/May-Daniels & Fisher until 1990.

Department Stores & Anchors

  • Nordstrom - (Opened 2007) in former Lord & Taylor location
  • Macy's - (Originally to be new location for The Denver Dry Goods store, merged with and opened as May D&F merged with Foley's, became Macy's in 2006)
  • Restoration Hardware - (Opened 1990 as Saks Fifth Avenue, closed 2011, became Restoration Hardware in 2015)
  • Neiman Marcus - (Opened 1991)

Former Department Stores & Anchors

  • Lord & Taylor - (Opened in 1990, closed 2005, became Nordstrom in 2007)
  • Saks Fifth Avenue - (Opened in 1990, closed in 2011, became Restoration Hardware in 2015)
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