LAS VEGAS—The first phase of DowntownSummerlin—the premier retail and entertainment destinationbeing built in the heart of the Summerlin master plannedcommunity—will open October 9, according to anannouncement from the The Howard HughesCorporation.

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When the entire 400-acre development iscomplete, Downtown Summerlin will include a mix of retail,entertainment, office, hotel and multi-family residential, alldesigned to create a walkable urban core serving the22,500-acre master planned community and theentire Las Vegas Valley.

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Construction began in the middle of 2013 on the expansive,106-acre development, which represents the firstphase in the future 400-acre Downtown Summerlin. The initial phasewill feature more than 125 stores and restaurants in a walkabledowntown shopping environment in the center of the award-winningSummerlin master planned community. Located just off of the215 Beltway, between Sahara Avenue and CharlestonBoulevard, the development will also include a nine-story class Aoffice building - One Summerlin.

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“We have been steadfast in our vision to develop a vibrant urbancore in Summerlin where valley residents can live, work, shop andplay,” said David Weinreb, CEO of The Howard Hughes Corporation.“With the high demand from residents and strong interest fromleading retailers, we are confident that this is the ideal time tocreate this authentic, unrivaled environment that will serveSummerlin residents and visitors.”

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The Hughes Corporation also announced a lineup of recentlysigned tenants, which feature a long list of leading fashion brandsthat will appeal to area fashionistas along with several highlypopular restaurants to thrill local culinary enthusiasts.

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Three top destination restaurants join Downtown Summerlin'sgrowing number of culinary spots—Wolfgang Puck Bar &Grill, a steakhouse from Elizabeth Blauand CRAVE Restaurant—to appeal to localfoodies.

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Avid movie fans across the entire region will now have theopportunity to enjoy the ultimate cinematic experience with theopening of a luxury Regal Cinema. The five-screentheater will be highlighted by innovative and upscale design andprovide every movie-goer with exceptional comfort and spaciousseating in addition to gourmet dining options.

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“Downtown Summerlin will soon be the place to be for fashion,dining and entertainment in Southern Nevada, and we are happy tosee the excitement from the entire Las Vegas Valley for this firstclass development,” said Kevin Orrock, presidentof Summerlin. “Our mix of tenants will include world-class brandsthat are new to Nevada in addition to retailers who want aSummerlin location for their growing customer base.”

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David Phillips

David Phillips is a Chicago-based freelance writer and consultant with more than 20 years experience in business and community news. He also has extensive reporting experience in the food manufacturing industry for national trade publications.