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Downtown Ontario Retail Pop-Up Program

Purpose, Goal, and Objective of Program

The Downtown Ontario Retail Pop-Up Program aligns with the City's commitment to promoting Downtown Ontario's vibrancy. It serves as a gateway for small business owners and local entrepreneurs to expand without start-up costs. Complementing existing downtown initiatives, the program is part of the City's broader strategy, which involves substantial investments in property acquisitions, infrastructure improvements, and redevelopment projects.

Future Vision

Looking ahead, the City envisions transformative changes, including the addition of 750 new employees, 600 residential units, 13,000 square feet of commercial space, and the establishment of a new college. These collective efforts aim to shape Downtown Ontario into a vibrant, walkable 18-hour downtown, preserving its authentic and historic character.

Program Highlights

Downtown Ontario Retail Pop-up Program Duo-Grand Opening 2023


Support for Growth: The program aims to fortify the downtown retail sector by providing selected applicants with essential support, including technical assistance in obtaining permits, marketing guidance, introductions to the Downtown Ontario Improvement Association (DOIA), and the invaluable opportunity to test the local market.

Affordable Space: Selected businesses will benefit from a short-term rental of City-owned commercial tenant spaces at the heart of the Downtown Ontario District, precisely located on the bustling Euclid Avenue and B Street at 137 N Euclid, 141 N Euclid, and 129 N Euclid. The City offers these spaces for a nominal fee of $1.00 per month for up to six (6) months, complete with free utilities and a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Requirements for Applicants: To participate, applicants must provide proof of general liability insurance, apply for all necessary permits, sign a release of liability waiver and Right of Entry permit, and make a refundable deposit of $1/square foot.

Applications for this program are currently closed. 

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