What’s New in Rialto?

So as everyone has seen there is a lot of dirt movement going on in Rialto. Some of it seen as good forward progress some has residents furious that their concerns seem to be falling on deaf ears.

On Baseline and Willow the old Carrows is being transformed into a Billy “T”s restaurant.


On Foothill and Cedar Avenues the last open field is getting a new shopping pad that will be anchored by a Smart & Final.

The Rancho Verde Plaza shopping center (Riverside Ave north of the 210 freeway) will soon have several new businesses.

Planet Fitness continues to renovate a portion of the former Ralphs building. AutoZone will open a new auto parts store in a building fronting Riverside Avenue that was vacant for many years. The Maple House Chicken and Waffles restaurant recently opened at 2026 North Riverside Avenue this is their second restaurant in the Inland Empire (Ontario).

This project where the Planet Fitness is going in is causing North End Residents to fume on social media. Residents are still questioning why the city refuses to give the North end residents a fresh food option. As of right now the north end of the city (above the 210 freeway) is a fresh food desert. Even the old Fresh & Easy is being turned into a Dialysis Center.

The City met with the developers of Rialto Marketplace (NewMark Merrill) to discuss the proposed development of a retail center on Successor Agency parcel of approximately 15 acres located between the former and new WalMart buildings. The developer proposed two development options that included retail, entertainment and restaurant opportunities. NewMark Merrill is soliciting tenant interest for the project.

The City met with the developers of the Renaissance Marketplace (Lewis Retail) to obtain updates on new tenants, potential restaurant pad users, and
construction status. Lewis announced that Cinemark Theaters will open in July 2018 and the first phase of the retail center north of Renaissance Parkway will open in early 2018.

The City met with the owners of the former Wal-Mart (Pacifica). Pacifica proposes to carve the old store into three smaller modules for specialty retailers and develop 2-3 freestanding pads including a fast casual restaurant. Pacifica intends to submit entitlement applications later this year to construct the pads, obtain user approval and conduct tenant improvements.

The City met with the developer of the Renaissance East (Fernando Acosta) retail development at Ayala Drive and the 210 Freeway. Cracker Barrel
proposes its second California restaurant for opening in September 2018. The City met with a prospective hotel developer exploring options for a Holiday Inn Express or Hampton Inn. The City Council will consider the entitlements for the project on November 14, 2017. The City expects construction to commence in January 2018. Fernando Acosta is the owner of the Popeyes fast food restaurant on Baseline and Ayala. Mr. Acosta also was to person who brokered the In & Out development.

The City met with the developer of the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (Fountainhead) at Easton Avenue and Riverside Avenue. The developer
communicated escrow will close in early November with construction commencing immediately thereafter. Fountainhead expects to complete
construction within 90 days.

The City met with Aldi and Panera Bread to discuss current and future projects in Rialto. Aldi intends to construct a store at the northeast corner of Foothill Boulevard and Cactus Avenue, adjacent to WSS. Panera will construct a new restaurant in Renaissance Marketplace and may add one additional store in south Rialto.

9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Judy
    Nov 15, 2017 @ 15:57:59

    I’m excited about all the new developments planned throughout Rialto, we desperately need the sales tax revenue and business so we don’t have to go to other cities… yay!!!


  2. Peggy
    Mar 22, 2018 @ 15:20:47

    They should open up a skating rink, food courts, Jumpers, arcade, etc. In the old Walmart building activities for the young and old.


  3. Gillmarie P Raphael
    Mar 27, 2018 @ 16:35:19

    I am so excited about all the new changes coming to Rialto. I love my city. I agree with Peggy, we need a skating rink back in Rialto.


  4. Tracy B.
    Jul 29, 2018 @ 00:35:21

    I love the new mayor in Rialto. So much has changed and all for the better. Bring it on!!!


  5. Teri S
    May 20, 2019 @ 13:35:24

    Anyone having issues of Moles/Gophers in your yard since the Renaissance Construction? I am having an issue with them. We never had any until the construction started


  6. Tamra Gilley
    May 20, 2019 @ 14:50:17

    Riverside Avenue in Rialto right by on the corner of Randall and Riverside Avenue doesn’t need another gas station either this community does not need gas Vapors filling the air nor do the houses need to be torn down that they’re going to tear down to build this


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