Ontario Mills continues to reinvent itself

News out of Ontario is that mall/outlet/destination hybrid Ontario Mills has added a new tenant, Express.  Notice they didn’t say Express Outlet.  Just Express.  So I can probably accurately guess that this store will change full price for their merchandise.

That the Mills has added another retailer to their mix isn’t news.  The mall is kind of like the old Fergie song, when one store closes it doesn’t stay empty for long.  Stores that closed at one point have come back, bigger and better.  Take Sports Authority, for example.

What surprised me after reading The PE’s Laurie Lucas’ report on Friday, was how continues to renovate.  The Mills needed bigger restrooms.  Has there ever been a time when there wasn’t a line outside the ladies room?  Apparently Simon heard the complaints and will shortly open “family style” restrooms between neighborhoods 3 and 8 in November.

Lucas also reported that the Mills has also welcomed over 70 new or renovated stores within the past two years.  Sounds like I need to visit the mall personally and see the changes.

Changes were made to the food court as well.  Consumers get to choose from 11 eateries and will enjoy their meal in more comfortable furnishings.

You would think that a destination that supposedly attracts more visitors than Disneyland wouldn’t fix anything that isn’t broken.  However, like Disneyland, the Mills must bring in retailers that give visitors (and their money) a reason to come back.  After all, go further east on the I-10 and Desert Hills Premium Outlets in Cabazon beckons.  They can brag about being declared the best outlet center in the country by GQ Magazine.  It too, is undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation that will add an additional 60 retailers to the outlet center.

Of Note:  The Promenade in Temecula had added Lids to its retail mix. . . .The store had been listed in its directory for a long time. . . .Lake Elsinore Outlets adds a Puma Store to its mix. . . .A job fair to staff the store was held recently. . . . The question for Lake Elsinore is will the center ever return to its former glory?