Originally Posted by wong21fr
Or you could go to Cherry Creek just a few blocks away. Cherry Creek is a huge factor in the lack of any department store, or plans for a department store DT. That said, there are a few department stores that could be DT given demand and a lack service elsewhere. Dillard's, JC Penny, Kohl's, Target, even Wal-Mart come to mind.
It's interesting, I've had the chance to talk to a few folks involved in these stores (my job seems to intersect with these folks)... Cherry Creek never seems to come up when talking to them. When I've brought it up they usually point out that they have stores in much closer proximity in other cities (San Diego has two full blown malls within a mile of each other, Dallas has a run of malls with the exact same retailers within close proximity to each other, they have lots of examples).
Lack of suitable space Downtown consistently comes up in conjunction with the huge premium they pay for Downtown space. There is a definite frustration with a lot of the building owners Downtown who are perfectly content to let buildings set empty, rather than lower their rents to something resembling sanity.
That said, there is a lot of enthusiasm for retail Downtown, particularly given the success of the convention center. It turns out tourists are the absolute best customers for a lot of retailers, and Downtown Denver does very well in that department