Retail Rundown: Local tenants continue lining up for the Post District 

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The Post District has filled all but 10 percent of the retail spaces that were included in the new mixed-use district built near the heart of Downtown Salt Lake City. 

Eight different businesses are open or planning to open soon, three of which are open and operating at 100 percent capacity. The remainder of them are estimated to open by the end of the year, according to a Building Salt Lake analysis of the district months after it was completed.

Traeger is the largest business in the district with about 95,000 square feet of office space acting as the company’s global headquarters. It is currently open and operating on the southeast corner of 500 South 400 West.

Brandon Blaser – president of Blaser Ventures, which was one of two lead developers of the Post District – has been vocal about wanting to lean into local while filling up the new neighborhood with ground-floor retail. 

Planning for the Post District began in 2019, and by the summer of 2019, construction had started. Now the built district – formerly vacant warehouses and neglected land between 500 and 600 South, 300 and 400 West – is coming to life as businesses and residents fill the new spaces built for them.

Urban Hill has proven to be a strong start for the neighborhood. Blaser describes this fine dining experience as “the anchor of Post District.” 

Beginning as Park City’s No.1 restaurant, Hearth and Hill, this expansion to Downtown Salt Lake provides residents with an array of high-quality, modern menu options. Urban Hill occupies the second-largest space in the district, with 7,200 square feet. In its first year in operation, chef Nick Zocco was named as a finalist for a prestigious James Beard award. 

The Post District also eschewed national chains as part of its lease-up, intentionally picking local businesses instead.

After success in Sugar House, the father-and-son-owned coffee shop, Urban Sailor, chose to designate a space for themselves in the Post District. What began as a motorcycle traveling to farmers markets to sell their product has evolved into a sophisticated caffeine stop where customers can sip, sit, and work. 

Blaser said the Post District was approached by Starbucks twice but chose the local coffee shop instead. Urban Sailor is up and running, and remote workers often occupy some of the 899 square feet of the space throughout the day. 

Level Crossing’s second location is open and flourishing in the district, as well. The brewery welcomes guests to enjoy locally-sourced beer and food. This space is the fourth-largest, at 2,690 square feet.

For brunch enthusiasts, Sunday’s Best might become a popular destination. Breakfast and lunch foods will be served on the first floor, and alcohol will be sold on the second level named Sunday School. Beginning in September or October, the restaurant will be open to the public. At 9,375 square feet – the largest retail space in the Post District – it’s a great spot for larger parties and gatherings.  

  • Sunday’s Best: 9,375 square feet
  • Urban Hill: 7,200 square feet
  • Thirst Drinks: 2,972 square feet
  • Level Crossing: 2,690 square feet
  • Mensho Ramen: 1,952 square feet
  • Cluck Truck: 1,208 square feet
  • Melancholy: 1,000 square feet
  • Urban Sailor: 899 square feet

Another retrofitted building in the Post District. Image by Kathryn Decamp.

Mensho Ramen has previously made a name for itself, attracting lines down the block in San Francisco. The Asian cuisine restaurant is predicted to be available in September or October, with 1,952 square feet of space. 

In the heart of the district will be Melancholy. What Blaser coined as “critical in neighborhood creation” is a unique approach to the classic wine bar. This women-owned space that originated in Sugar House will focus on selling an experience with various events like art shows, concerts, and group activities, beginning in September or October of this year. With 1,000 square feet, Melancholy will allow guests an explorative take on their wine nights.

From a kitchen hobby to a supplier for Thirst Drinks to a retail space in the Post District, the women-led operation Dangerous Pretzel is preparing to open soon. By this summer, the fast-casual spot will be serving the public and spreading joy via doughy delights with 2,972 square feet. 

Blaser described Cluck Truck as his “first chicken experience.” The local food truck made an impression on him, and he decided to reach out to the owners when developing the district. Owned by a husband-wife-duo who operate kitchen and business duties, the restaurant will be serving classic chicken dishes by early to late winter in 1,208 square feet. 

What is currently the office for construction will be turned into a retail space in the near future. An undisclosed Mexican restaurant will also occupy a space in the contemporary neighborhood. There are only a few leases left, two of which are in active negotiations with Blaser Ventures, which is an advertiser on Building Salt Lake.

If the success of Urban Hill, Urban Sailor, and Level Crossing are any indication, the Post District will be booming by next year. 

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Image by Kathryn Decamp.
Image by Kathryn Decamp.