Quarry Village businesses say the area is thriving
In a town growing in population, expansion is inevitable. Commercial and residential developments are spreading further and further from the center of Park City, and businesses on the periphery are benefiting from the boom.
One area experiencing the growth firsthand is Quarry Village, where housing units are springing up and several businesses are discovering the location as the perfect compromise of proximity between the Wasatch Front and the Park City core.
“The best part of Quarry Village is that it is 20 minutes to Salt Lake, and 15 to 20 minutes to Main Street,” said David Nadler, director of Cushman and Wakefield, which owns the majority of the commercial space in the area.
Residents living in Pinebrook and Jeremy Ranch can avoid traffic in Kimball Junction or Main Street and get what they need close to home.
“If you live over there, you want to shop over there,” Nadler said.
People from the Salt Lake Valley working in Quarry Village benefit as well, because they have to drive less to get to work, said Tim Anker, managing broker at Cushman and Wakefield.
“I think one of the biggest drivers for the success of that corridor is just getting Salt Lake employees to work there,” he said. “That has been a huge factor for a lot of the companies looking to locate here right now whose employees can’t necessarily afford a lot of the places to rent in Park City.”
Melissa Garland, owner of Tadasana Yoga in Quarry Village, said several of her yoga instructors drive up from the Salt Lake area, and cutting off even 15 minutes makes a difference when recruiting employees.
Easy access and parking was the No. 1 requisite Garland was looking for when choosing a new location, which is why she settled on Quarry Village five years ago. It is good for employees and clients, particularly those that commute down to Salt Lake. They can stop at the yoga studio before or after work.
In the last few years, Garland said the influx of residential units in the area has been beneficial for her company. She said foot traffic could be better, but she said it is moving in the right direction.
Anker said BEPC Holdings, LLC has entitlements for another 47,000 square feet of development, which it plans to use to construct four commercial lots. The majority of the lots are expected to be filled with office space.
Then there is the new residential area currently under development. Quarry Springs, as it is called, is expected to include 68 condos in townhouse-style units.
Nadler said the area has had its ups and downs, but the last five years have been fairly stable. Several tenants have remained in their spaces, and a handful of new businesses have moved in.
Healthy Pets Mountain West, for example, opened last December, and Lone Pine Cabinetry, based out of West Jordan, opened a showroom in May to be closer to Park City clients. Steve Callihan, the owner of Lone Pine Cabinetry, said the move has quickly paid off.
The international bicycling company Mavic moved its headquarters from Ogden to Park City this summer. After undergoing some renovations, it plans to have its grand opening in the spring.
Isaac Wilson, general manager of Mavic for North America, said Quarry Village’s location near the interstate and the mountains made it the perfect spot. He is eager to see how it continues to grow.
“I don’t know what it could be or would be,” he said, “but for us it is ideal.”
Nadler and Anker said they would both love to see a few more restaurants and other popular businesses open in the area. But with the sprawling growth, they expect the area to continue to thrive.
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