The Downtown Alliance and Downtown Merchants Association will unveil a permanent memorial to Richard (Dick) Wirick, known as Salt Lake City's "Mr. Downtown," Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012. The memorial is located in Gallivan Plaza, opposite the TRAX stop and adjacent to Olympic tower.
For more than 60 years, Wirick was the owner of The Oxford Shop at 65 West 100 South. He was strong advocate for the revitalization of the downtown business community, involved in many civic organizations including the Salt Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau, Downtown Retail Merchants Association, Business Advisory Board of Salt Lake City, the Downtown Development Committee and the Downtown Rising project.
Wirick died after being hit by a UTA bus while on his way to a committee meeting on Feb 21, 2012. At age 82, Wirick was still going strong and was looking forward to the opening of the City Creek Center, a project he supported. He had planned to keep running The Oxford Shop at least another eight years before considering retirement.
Photo by Eric Daenitz, City Weekly.