Ontario Mills

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Coordinates: 34°04′26″N 117°33′07″W / 34.073777°N 117.551908°W / 34.073777; -117.551908

Ontario Mills
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Ontario Mills Entry 8
Location Ontario, California, United States of America
Address 1 Mills Cir
Ontario, California 91764
Opening date November 14, 1996
Developer Mills Corporation
Management Simon Property Group JPMorgan Chase
Owner Simon Property Group
No. of stores and services 200
No. of anchor tenants 20
Total retail floor area 1,473,000 sq ft (136,800 m2)
No. of floors 1
Website ontariomills.com

Ontario Mills is the largest shopping mall and outlet mall in San Bernardino County, California.[1] It is located in Ontario, California, and with 28 million annual visitors,[2][3] it is one of the top shopping and tourist destinations in Southern California. It is one of three Mills landmarks in California that are now owned by Simon Property Group since April 2007. The Outlets at Orange, and The Great Mall are the others. Ontario Mills was designed by the architectural firm, F+A Architects.

The mall is near the Ontario International Airport, as well as the interchange between the Ontario Freeway (Interstate 15) and the San Bernardino Freeway (Interstate 10), one of the busiest in Southern California.

Size[edit]

According to the mall's former owners, the Mills Corporation, it is the largest one-level shopping mall in Western North America (there are larger malls, but they have two or more levels). In addition, it is California's largest outlet and value retail shopping destination.[1][4]

Like other Mills malls, Ontario Mills is divided into neighborhoods. This mall has the most out of the Mills malls with ten.[5]

Tenants[edit]

Some of the mall's major tenants include Off 5th Saks Fifth Avenue, H&M, Last Call By Neiman Marcus, Nike Factory Store, Forever 21, Nordstrom Rack, Uniqlo, a 30-screen AMC megaplex, and the dining and entertainment venues Dave & Buster's video game arcade, and the Ontario IMPROV comedy club.[6]

Ontario Mills is home to many designer-label outlet stores, including Tory Burch, Ann Taylor, Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss, DKNY, Tommy Hilfiger, Perry Ellis, Calvin Klein, Coach, Kate Spade, LACOSTE and Michael Kors. Other stores include The LEGO Store, The Disney Store Outlet, Bose, Tumi, Movado, Kenneth Cole, Abercrombie & Fitch, J. Crew, ULTA Beauty, Express, Hollister Co., Levi's and Dockers (one of only three locations in California).

The mall also has a large food court called "Market",formerly called "Big Food", with about 1,000 seats, and all the usual food court tenants like Panda Express, Burger King, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Sbarro, and Cinnabon. Restaurants outside the food court include Rainforest Cafe, Johnny Rockets, Market Broiler, and Blaze Pizza.

History[edit]

Ontario Mills opened to the public on November 14, 1996, across the street from the former site of the Ontario Motor Speedway. Like all other Mills properties, it was first developed and once owned by the Mills Corporation. Ontario Mills is the first Mills landmark center to have the racetrack layout and themed neighborhoods.[citation needed]

An IMAX-like UltraScreen theater and a California Welcome Center operated by the entrance near the food court until 2000, when it was replaced by the Ontario IMPROV comedy club, Market Broiler, and a Nike Factory Store. Ontario Mills was formerly home to a Vans Skate Park, which in early 2005 was closed and converted into Steve & Barry's. In 2009, Steve & Barry's and Virgin Megastore were closed due to their chains' liquidations. The Sports Authority closed its 50,111 sq ft (4,655 m2) store in 2004 when the company merged with Gart Sports; Sports Authority then reopened in the mall next to the Nike Factory Store in 2012, but closed again in August 2016 due to Chapter 11 Bankruptcy of the company, leading to the liquidation of all stores. The well-known Wolfgang Puck Cafe was closed in early 2005 and was replaced by the Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store. A Neiman Marcus Last Call opened in 2012 along with an expansion of the existing Forever 21 and Nordstrom Rack stores and a new renovated food court. Ontario Mills also had one of the few JCPenney 5 Star outlets in the country, but it closed after JCPenney liquidated them in 2013. Bed Bath and Beyond moved its store out of the mall across the street into a new shopping center in 2015; Restoration Hardware opened an outlet store in the former Bed Bath and Beyond space in 2016, and an Ulta Beauty also opened that year at the mall. Toys R Us opened an outlet store in May 2017 at the mall. The mall's first expansion opened in the former JCPenney 5 Star Outlet building in the Summer of 2016, including an expanded Tommy Hilfiger store, and new tenants including Uniqlo, The North Face, Coach, and a Blaze Pizza with an outdoor patio. A new mall entrance was also added to the area with a more contemporary look.

Like other premium outlet centers, Ontario Mills was built in an area that had ample land available. The development of the mall has since contributed to the further urbanization of the Eastern Ontario area and adjacent cities.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Reserved., Simon Property Group, L.P. and/or Its Affiliates (NYSE: SPG), © Copyright 1999-2017. All Rights. "Welcome To Ontario Mills® - A Shopping Center In Ontario, CA - A Simon Property". simon.com. 
  2. ^ "Visit Ontario, California - Find Hotels, Meeting Spaces, Restaurants and Activities". discoverontariocalifornia.org. 
  3. ^ "Can you believe it? Ontario Mills is 20 years old". 
  4. ^ Reserved., Simon Property Group, L.P. and/or Its Affiliates (NYSE: SPG), © Copyright 1999-2017. All Rights. "Do Business at Ontario Mills®, a Simon Property". business.simon.com. 
  5. ^ "Ontario Mills Fashion District Mall - Ontario, California". ontariothinksbusiness.com. 
  6. ^ Reserved., Simon Property Group, L.P. and/or Its Affiliates (NYSE: SPG), © Copyright 1999-2017. All Rights. "Complete List Of Stores Located At Ontario Mills® - A Shopping Center In Ontario, CA - A Simon Mall". simon.com. 


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