Cedar City's South Entrance is Getting a Facelift

By Danny Stewart, Economic Development Director

A number of new buildings have sprung up along Cedar City’s south Main Street during past few years, changing the appearance of the community’s southern entrance and drawing more people to a variety of businesses in the area.

For the past 20 years, the stretch of Main Street between Interstate 15 and 860 West was home to a gas station, a couple of hotels, an auto repair shop and a few other small businesses. Since late 2015, two new hotels, a bank, a car wash and two new restaurants are filling in the gaps in this section of town, dressing up the corridor, and encouraging new development.

Courtyard Marriott

Developer Sandip Patel completed the new La Quinta Inn and Suites on the corner of Main Street and Old Highway 91 in late 2015. “We pioneered hotel development in this area 20 years ago when my father constructed Days Inn in 1998 because he saw great potential here," explained Patel. "It is the gateway into our city for visitors from the south. Since 1998, we have grown our portfolio of businesses in this area to include La Quinta Inn & Suites, Clarion (which was remodeled from Days Inn), Golden Corral, which opens in January 2019, and Beans n Brews Coffee House also forthcoming in 2019.”

Less than a year after La Quinta opened its doors, State Bank of Southern Utah held the grand opening for its new south main street branch to address the need for convenient drive-up teller services and ATM on the south end of town.“The South Main office has the most convenient hours in Cedar City," explained Tyler Brown, Director of Marketing for the bank. "We have full banking services available on Saturdays and extended lobby hours on weekdays until 7:00 PM.”

The new State Bank office anchors the new Windmill Plaza development on the west side of Main Street. As construction of the bank was finishing up, new construction for the Courtyard by Marriott began, and that hotel is celebrating its first anniversary this month. Jim Burgess, President and CEO of Safari Hospitality, says there has been increased interest in the remaining properties that complete Windmill Plaza. Three more parcels, between an acre to an acre and a half each are fully developed and shovel ready for commercial, restaurant or office space.

Just up the street, the new Tagg-N-Go car wash recently opened for business in a beautiful new facility. The development of the Tagg-N-Go resulted in the removal of a portion of frontage road along Main Street, creating new access points to the car wash and opening a neighboring acre and a half for new development. Rick Lunt of D&B Real Estate has that property listed as two separate parcels. “Taking out that section of frontage road not only improves the access to businesses along south Main Street, but it modernizes this section of town and gives it a real facelift,” Lunt said.

Immediately across the street from the car wash, the new Culver’s plans to open its doors in the coming weeks. It replaces a collection of older buildings that housed a number of small businesses over the years. The addition of the new building is a dramatic improvement for this section of Main Street.

The possibility for even more development here is prime, as there are a few outstanding properties still located amidst this new growth. In addition to the Windmill Plaza and the other aforementioned parcels, there is a large 17.4-acre space on the east side of Main Street between Old Highway 91 and 860 West that is listed for sale. Curren Christensen of NAI Global has this property listed, as well as a 2.7-acre parcel on the corner of Main Street and Cedar Knolls. These properties are both ripe for development, and the larger of the two is part of a certified opportunity zone, making it even more appealing to investors. All this new development is adding an attractive new entryway to a growing selection of shopping options at the south end of Cedar City. Newer retailer stores here, including Boulevard Home Furnishings, Christensen's, Ross Dress For Less, Sportsman’s Warehouse, TJ Maxx, and more, bring more depth and variety to shoppers and add millions of dollars to the Cedar City economy.