A Revenue Catalyst for the Community: Ontario Mills Celebrates 20 Years
Twenty years ago, Ontario Mills opened its doors to the Inland Empire as the largest value and outlet shopping center in California. Today, the center stands as one of the region’s strongest business engines with tens of millions of visitors drawn to the 1.25-mile long track each year. Each milestone is propelling the center’s growth and attraction as it heads into its next 20 years.“The diversity and quality of the Ontario Mills shopping experience is truly unlike any other,” said Marc Smith, Vice President and General Manager at Ontario Mills. “What makes Ontario Mills unique is our continuous development. It’s this distinction that attracts popular, name-brand retailers as well as our savvy shoppers from over 80 different countries worldwide.”Ontario Mills continues to thrive following a series of successful milestones including:
- Simon Property Group’s acquisition in 2007
- Food court remodel in 2012, which now accommodates up to 1,000 seats
- The 2016 grand opening of Fashion Alley, 80,000 square feet of retail space featuring iconic brands like UNIQLO, UGG, Coach and Tommy Hilfiger
- The addition of 20 new stores and 10 store remodels in 2016
- The debut of a state-of-the-art California Welcome Center, also in 2016.
Ontario Mills is the leading example of the modernization of value shopping centers. As of November 2016, the center is now home to many trendsetting retailers including Tory Burch, Michael Kors, Kate Spade New York, The North Face, and UNIQLO, all resonating with fashion forward shoppers.Council Member Alan D. Wapner adds, “Ontario Mills was a catalyst for establishing Ontario as a retail powerhouse destination and sparked other retail developments in the surrounding area and continues to be one of Southern California’s top tourist attractions.”In 1996, construction began on the land where Ontario Mills sits today. At the time, small, sporadic communities and industrial parks surrounded the mall. Conveniently situated at the crossroads of Southern California, Ontario Mills has since helped spur a vastly growing region. San Bernardino County’s population has increased 74% with bustling cities including Ontario, Montclair and Rancho Cucamonga. The shopping mall has now become a hub of commerce, seeing over 13,000 vehicles pass through Ontario Mills Circle each day. This traffic further translates into the region’s impact of tourism. 2016 saw group hotel bookings increase by 11.6% in Greater Ontario with international guests from around the world including Japan, Thailand, Australia, Russia and Italy. City of Ontario Mayor Pro Tempore Debra Dorst-Porada added, “Ontario Mills has been bringing visitors to Ontario from all over the world for the last 20 years. We are proud of its success and the impact it has made on our city and the region.”Ontario Mills welcomes the grand openings from the region’s first Restoration Hardware Outlet and the American diner-style restaurant Johnny Rockets; both are set to open by the end of the year. With more than 200 outlet and value retail stores alongside dining and entertainment options, Ontario Mills continues to stand as the must stop shopping destination.The City of Ontario and Greater Ontario California Convention and Visitors Bureau have provided all statistics. Ontario MillsOntario Mills, California’s largest outlet and value retail shopping destination, offers the ultimate shopping experience with more than 200 outlet and value retail stores including UNIQLO, Kate Spade New York, Michael Kors, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Coach Factory Store, Tommy Bahama Outlet, Nordstrom Rack, H&M, Forever 21, J.Crew Factory, Tommy Hilfiger Company Store, Abercrombie & Fitch Outlet, Hollister Co. Outlet, Tory Burch Outlet and Nike Factory Store. Shoppers can enjoy dining and entertainment venues such as Blaze Pizza, Market Broiler, Rainforest Cafe, Dave & Buster’s, GameWorks, Improv Comedy Club & Dinner Theatre and AMC 30 Theatres.Ontario Mills is located at the intersection of Interstates 10 & 15 in Ontario, CA, 38 miles east of Los Angeles and within driving distance west of Palm Springs and north of San Diego. The center is open regularly from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Mon-Sat, and 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Sunday. For more information on Ontario Mills, please call (909) 484-8300, visit www.OntarioMills.com or follow Ontario Mills on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OntarioMills, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ShopOntario or on Instagram at www.instagram.com/shopontario. About SimonSimon is a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management and development and a S&P100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE: SPG). Our industry-leading retail properties and investments across North America, Europe and Asia provide shopping experiences for millions of consumers every day and generate billions in annual retail sales. For more information, visit simon.com. ### Media Contacts:Matt KovacsBLAZE PR[email protected]