Trolley Square

Trolley Square

Trolley Square is a partially-enclosed shopping center located in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is considered a trendy high-end center and is the second-most-visited tourist destination within Salt Lake City proper, with 30% of its customers being from out-of-state. The center lies within close proximity to downtown Salt Lake City and the UTA TRAX light-rail system.



Trolley Square is composed of trolley barns that were built in 1908 to house Salt Lake City's street-cars. The street-car system was dismantled in 1945 and the barns were subsequently converted into a two-story shopping center in 1972. The center is noted for its unusual architecture consisting of winding hallways, brick and wooden floors, fountains, old-trees, and wrought-iron balconies. Prominent tenants include Pottery Barn, Cabin Fever (a popular card store), Restoration Hardware, Williams-Sonoma, Banana Republic, Old Spaghetti Factory, Hard Rock Cafe, Regency Theatres (showcasing independent and foreign films), many art galleries, and local boutiques such has the fashion store Black Chandelier.

The water tower is covered in neon lights that are a weather beacon operated by KSL-TV.

Sale and development

Trolley Square is owned by ScanlanKemperBard Companies, LLC, of Portland, Oregon, who purchased it in August 2006 from Simon Property Group for $38.6 million. The shopping center is scheduled to undergo an $80 million expansion consisting of several new underground parking structures, a Whole Foods Market store, and a mid-rise luxury condominium tower containing at least 232 units.

Trolley Square shooting

On February 12, 2007, Sulejman Talović went on a shooting spree, killing five people and injuring at least four more before being shot to death by police.


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