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DENVER -- It’s a big day for shoppers in Cherry Creek as the wait is over. The new Restoration Hardware showroom opened on Friday morning.

It’s putting an end to all that construction and it’s expected to bring people from all over the region. You certainly can’t miss the four-story mansion that sits on East First Avenue.

It’s 58,000 square feet and it takes a spot that has been vacant since Saks closed in 2011. The grand opening is part of a much larger renovation of the Cherry Creek Mall.

Several new stores have been added inside the mall, but this one is the biggest. It’s set up like an Ikea, and it’s expected to draw shoppers not just from the metro area.

The hope is to make this a regional destination, bringing tourists from Wyoming, Utah, Kansas and Nebraska.

“This is the kind of store that people will get in their car to come visit. They’ll come from the mountain communities, from the north suburbs, certainly from the southern suburbs. And on a larger scale, they’ll be coming from a six-state region,” said Nick Lemasters, Cherry Creek Mall general manager.

Restoration Hardware is only rolling out the concept in key markets. Mall representatives said they’re counting on that exclusivity to bring in more shoppers.

The shopping center contributes millions of dollars in sales tax revenue to the city and the new Restoration Hardware will add to that.

The doors opened for shoppers after a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m.

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