By early 1980, the first of two 2-level downtown shopping malls is in business. Its original NORDSTROM MALL nameplate is visible in this photo.
Photo from Salem, Oregon Public Library Photographic Collections / Statesman Journal Photographic Collections

In this circa-1984 diagram of the "Proposed Salem Skywalk System", we see NORDSTROM MALL as it was incorporated with its surrounding structures. Only four of the above-grade walkways depicted here would be completed. Those linking with the PayLess Block, Reed Opera House, and First Interstate and Equitable Buildings would never be built.
Drawing from "Salem Tomorrow Report" / Gertenrich, James, Silkey and Swaim / April 1984