Downtown Summerlin preparing to debut

LAS VEGAS -- Downtown Summerlin, a new mall, is putting on the finishing touches to open Oct. 9. The 1.6 million square feet of shopping will be home to a Macy's, a movie theater and office buildings.

There's a lot of work to be done but the 2,000 construction workers on the project are working long hours to hit that deadline. An 8 News NOW news crew got a special tour Friday.

Brick by brick Downtown Summerlin is starting to come together. Technicians were busy Friday turning on the lights near the front entrance where cars can drive right up to stores like Lululemon and Michael Kors. Another crew was working on an outdoor dining area.

"We're building a downtown and a downtown doesn't sprout up overnight," said Vicki Rousseau, director of marketing for Downtown Summerlin.

Dozens of stores have announced partnerships with Downtown Summerlin, but the project got off to a rocky start.

"This project has been on the books for quite some time and the Howard Hughes Corporation took over the development of the project a couple of years ago and we really took a look at it, kind of redesigned it, re-evaluated what we were doing here and changed the name," Rousseau said.

There will be 125 stores and 106 acres of shopping.

"Our leasing team has been working around the clock and trying to get deals done and trying to get the right retailers to bring in here," Rousseau said.

Some of the recent announcement include two Danish clothing stores who will be featured. It will be their first stores in the U.S.

"I'll give you another one, too. We've got Forever 21 that'll be coming here this fall," Rousseau said.

With the stores come new job opportunities. Downtown Summerlin is holding a job fair Wednesday, Aug. 27 at the nearby Red Rock resort. There are 1,500 jobs available from retail to security and janitorial services.

 


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