Work is underway to construct a large retail center along a major thoroughfare in Rialto.
City officials, along with NewMark Merrill Companies and Pacific Retail Partners broke ground Oct. 22 on the more than 222,000-square-foot Rialto Marketplace, which includes a long-awaited Walmart Supercenter.
The retail center, along San Bernardino and Riverside avenues, will be anchored by a 180,000-square-foot Walmart, and will include several shopping and restaurant opportunities including Chipotle, Pieology, GNC, Jersey Mike’s, Carl’s Jr., T-Mobile, Les Schwab Tires, Ono Hawaiian BBQ and Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt.
The Walmart store located just south of the new development, will close once the retail project is complete.
City officials said during the groundbreaking celebrations that the retail hub will not only help create more than 200 full-time jobs, but will also help generate hundreds of thousands of dollars in city tax revenue.
While construction of the marketplace is underway, the city will be working on widening Riverside and San Bernardino avenues, and will be installing a traffic signal at Valley Boulevard and Willow Avenue.
Completion of the project, along with the Walmart Supercenter grand opening, is expected by next summer, officials said.