The mall had its grand opening on October 4, 1989, with Sears and Dillards as its initial anchor stores. By March 1990, an additional 19 stores had opened including The Gap, Casual Corner, and The Limited and Vista Ridge Mall was 65 percent leased. The mall added a third anchor store when J.C. Penney opened its Vista Ridge Mall store on August 1, 1990. The fourth anchor store to open was a Foley's, a unit of May Department Stores, as part of an expansion push by the chain.
In 1991, the mall underwent interior renovations to make the indoor areas more appealing.
When Vista Ridge Mall opened in 1989, it included a 12-screen Cinemark theater, whose marquee and ticket office were in the center court of the mall. In 2006, Cinemark constructed an attached 15 screen movie theater to the mall (it contains entrances both inside and outside the mall) and relocated there upon completion. (As of 2009, the original theater remains unused.)
^ ab"Vista Ridge Mall celebrates grand opening in Lewisville". Dallas Morning News. 1989-10-05. "Vista Ridge Mall, a joint venture by Homart Development Co., Herring Marathon Group Inc. and JCP Realty Inc., celebrated its grand opening Wednesday in Lewisville. Located on Stemmons freeway, Vista Ridge was completed under a two-phase development with national and local stores, restaurants, a 12-cinema complex and upon completion, six major department stores. The shopping center is currently anchored by Sears Roebuck and Co. and Dillards Department Stores."