The Shops at The Village on Main
December 19, 2007
Spokesperson for Triple Net Properties (NNN) Hollie Stray-Gundersen said it’s a familiar phrase many people in town are used to hearing their acquaintances say.
"We’ll meet you on lower Main Street."
But, she hopes that will soon all change.
The Marriot Summit Watch and NNN have officially named the lower Main Street shopping area "The Shops at The Village on Main." Signs are currently being installed by YESCO.
NNN purchased the multi-use property at the bottom half of Main Street from Skip Schirf and Harry Reed in 2006. Schirf and Reed used to own the retail property below the Marriott Summit Watch, which totals about 50,000 square feet. The property falls below Heber Avenue and runs from the plaza of the Marriott Summit Watch and the tenant spaces from La Casita Restaurant to The Mustang Restaurant and The Promontory Club. Since that time, the new owner, NNN, has worked with the Marriott to attract more visitors to the shopping area, which includes West Light Images, Alpine Internet Cafe, Destination Sports, Doolans, Mulligans, The Prime Steak House, Coda Gallery, The Mustang, The Promontory Club, Lunatic Fringe, The Clubhouse, Chenez Restaurant, Oishi Sushi Bar and La Casita Restaurant.
Stephanie Johnston, general manager of the Marriott Summit Watch, said she hopes the new name will attract more visitors to the shopping center.
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"We’re very excited to have more exposure any time we can get folks to shop the [retail] area," Johnston said. "Not as many people realize all the shops and restaurants that are here [unless] they’re staying at the Marriott Summit Watch."
Stray-Gundersen said lower Main Street does not want to set itself apart from upper Main Street, but hopes to gain more of a presence.
"We really want to become one Main Street," she said. "So, if people are going to refer to the area anymore, instead of saying, ‘We’re going to lower Main Street,’ we want them to say, ‘We’re going to The Village on Main.’"
Stray-Gundersen said NNN employees had a contest to see who could come up with the best name for the area. "The Shops at The Village on Main" was the winner.
While the Marriott originally owned the plaza and shops, after NNN took over the first-floor leasing spaces last year, it worked with the hotel to make lower Main Street a more enjoyable shopping area for tourists and locals alike.
"Triple Net and The Marriott Summit Watch have developed a great and collaborative relationship as we work together to make The Village on Main a continued vibrant part of Main Street, inviting both locals and tourists," Stray-Gundersen said. "For years, the area had been referred to as the Marriott Summit Watch Plaza, as Marriott was, and still remains, an anchor to the plaza. When Triple Net purchased the property, it wanted to give the area an identity of its own, while incorporating the diversity of its tenants."
NNN has plans to collaborate with other creative venues in town, including the Kimball Art Center, the Eccles Center and the Park Silly Sunday Market, which uses lower Main Street for its markets on Sundays in the summertime, Stray-Gundersen said.
On Dec. 14, The Osmonds: Second Generation performed on the plaza at The Shops at The Village on Main. Stray-Gundersen said it was a huge hit for everyone who attended.
She hopes The Village on Main partnerships will bring more visitors to Park City in general. She said the grand opening of The Sky Lodge on Heber Avenue and lower Main Street next week should be a great attraction and addition to the bottom portion of Main Street.
"We’re thrilled for The Sky Lodge and all it will bring," Stray-Gundersen said. "This is really what we’re representing by sponsoring all the events in the community. We believe all of the great partnerships throughout Park City are what make our community strong and prosperous."
NNN and the Marriott are also currently in the process of installing more fire pits on the plaza, Stray-Gundersen said. She encourages Parkites and visitors of Park City to visit The Shops at the Village on Main, to make it a true part of Main Street.
"Our goal at The Village on Main is to create the warmth and ambiance of an alpine village offering the finest in galleries, dining and shopping for all locals and tourists to enjoy," she said. "The great distinctiveness of our tenant offerings and uniqueness of the plaza area itself – from the inviting fire pits to the pedestrian pathway – makes The Village on Main a great draw for all and a great place to host events." Stray-Gundersen said the new signs are mounted in "beautiful" stone bases.
Visit The Shops at The Village on Main below Heber Avenue on lower Main Street. For more information about Triple Net Properties, visit http://www.1031nnn.com. For more information about the Marriott Summit Watch, visit http://www.marriott.com or call 647-4100.