HOLLADAY (News4Utah) – It’s been nearly 10 years since Cottonwood Mall closed down, leaving residents in Holladay with fewer options for shopping and dining. That is until the recent debut of the Holladay Village. On Wednesday, Harmons will become part of that development with the grand opening of their 18th location.
“The Holladay market hasn’t really had a central place to shop for some time now, ever since Cottonwood Mall left and so this is going to be a place where they can actually come and shop. They have everything to choose from,” said Bob Harmon, vice president of Harmons Neighborhood Grocer.
Although the Harmons Holladay Market is about one-fourth of the size of their bigger stores, Harmon said they still have a lot to offer with signature chef prepared foods, artisan bread, gourmet cheese, dry-aged beef, cooking school, and fresh flowers.
“This particular store is a very smaller footprint, but you can shop entirely your whole basket and your pantry from your fresh goods and everything,” said Harmon.
Next to Harmons is visible construction for the Terraces at Holladay, a new condo complex set to open in May.
“We’re actually the first residential living back in this area in 20 years. So we’re meeting a product that hasn’t been met in a long time. It allows the residents in Holladay to stay in Holladay with single floor living, maintenance-free, and to be walkable to all these restaurants,” said Chris Ensign, builder and developer for the Terraces at Holladay.
Ensign said his team chose Holladay to build these condos because of the potential in the area.
“It’s the proximity, the walkability. We think it’s going to rate in the 90 percentile for the walk score…there’s 14 restaurants in Holladay village. There’s boutique shops, there’s medical facilities, there’s police and fire all within an easy shot,” said Ensign. “The 5-minute walking in this radius is unbelievable. It’s an amenity-rich area. I think Holladay’s on the up-and-up. We’re pretty excited about this area, especially this village. I think the city did a great job making this little village community.”
However, residents are on the fence about the development. Some want to keep the small town feel, others are rooting for the city vibe.
“It’s like they’re trying to make it into downtown Salt Lake City or Sugarhouse. It’s kind of taking away from the town,” said Ashlee Astin, Holladay resident.
“It’s nice that I don’t have to go all the way downtown or into Sugarhouse to find bigger shops and more people,” said George Kriesel, Holladay resident. “I’m most looking forward to feeling more like I’m living in a city. I’ve always been kind of a city person.”