(KSL News) Eyewitness News has learned there may be a deal in the works that would keep the Nordstrom Department store downtown, but in a new location.
Reports from retail and government sources --'though unconfirmed-- say the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has offered Nordstrom significant space in the Church's massive downtown redevelopment project.
The reports indicate the new department store would be built at the current location of the Inn at Temple Square, at the corner of South Temple, and West Temple.
Nordstrom would not return calls today for a comment on the rumors, but a statement from the Church suggests that some negotiations may be under way.
Church Spokesman Michael Purdy told Eyewitness News, quote:
"There is no deal with Nordstrom -- yet."
Purdy did not offer any other details.
Nordstrom was denied permission by the Salt Lake City Council to move its downtown store to the Gateway, and has said it will close the store next year.
But sources familiar with the downtown project say the Church has a great deal of interest in striking a deal that would keep Nordstrom in the city.