Summer Market is the biggest-ever for Outdoor Retailers

Posted at 7:32 PM, Aug 05, 2012
and last updated 2012-08-05 21:32:02-04

SALT LAKE CITY – The Outdoor Retailer Summer Market ended on Sunday, and organizers say it was their biggest show yet.

A crowd of 27,000 manufacturers, distributors and retailers of outdoor gear congregated on the Salt Palace downtown for the show.

Kenji Haroutunian, the show’s director, talked about the ongoing fear that the show might leave Salt Lake City, in part because of disagreements with Utah’s public lands policy and because of cramped convention facilities.

“We love Salt Lake City. I think if we can find a way to make it work here, we really love it. The vibe of the city, the outdoorsiness of the people, the proximity to the mountains and rivers and trails and lakes, it’s really an amazing city and there’s no one else like it,” said Haroutunian.

In addition to limited space at the Salt Palace, attendees have trouble getting close hotel rooms and taxi service is limited.