The Central Valley is a shopper’s paradise for residents of Fresno or everyone who find themselves here. Whether you are looking for smaller locally owned boutiques or big brand stores and restaurants, you will notice that Fresno has improved its offerings in recent years. We have summarized the choice through these ten well-known shopping malls.
1. Fashion Fair Mall
Fashion Fair is a nice, big enclosed shopping mall in Fresno, anchored by two Macy’s stores, JCPenney, and Forever 21. Since 2005, it is richer for an outdoor lifestyle wing. It is a competitor to the two outdoor shopping centers in Fresno: The Shops at River Park and Fig Garden Village. The open-air wing offers upscale retailers that are new to the Fresno market: Victoria’s Secret, Anthropologie, American Eagle, Charming Charlie, Bath and Body Works, Bebe, Sephora, Claire’s, GUESS, Michael Kors, The Cheesecake Factory, Abercrombie and Fitch, and The Apple Store. Since opening in 2005, several of The Village’s more notable tenants have shuttered, such as Urban Outfitters, Z Gallerie, Men’s Wearhouse, and BCBGMaxAzria. There is also a food section where you can get anything from Chinese food to a burger. At Christmas, you can take pictures with Santa in the center square at the main entry. The mall is somewhat crowded on weekends and holidays, and you may be difficult to find a place to park in front, but there is usually plenty of parking spaces available somewhere around the back of the mall.
- Name: Fashion Fair Mall
- Address: 645 E Shaw Ave, Fresno, CA 93710, United States
- Phone: +1 559-224-1591
- Hours: Monday to Saturday 10 am – 9 pm, Sunday 11 am – 7 pm
- Website: http://www.fashionfairmall.com/
2. River Park
River Park is an outdoor shopping center on the east side of Blackstone Avenue in Fresno. River Park is split into three areas: an auxiliary shopping center with Chipotle Mexican Grill, Chick-fil-A, and In-N-Out Burger; The Marketplace, a popular power center anchored by Target and Kohl’s; and an outdoor lifestyle center anchored by Macy’s, Edwards Theatres cinema and REI. Best Buy and Target were anchored in the initial phase of the project, which also included Sports Authority, Old Navy, JCPenney Home Store, Marshalls, an old-fashioned retailer Linens ‘n Things and OfficeMax. Kohl’s opened in 2004, accompanied by the shopping center’s lifestyle center. These two anchor stores have been replaced by Macy’s and H&M. This is a great place to spend time with your friends and family. There is a variety of places to dine. Many of them have outdoor seating areas so you can sit and enjoy the fresh air while people watching. You have a choice of Asian food, sushi, burgers, sandwiches, or Mediterranean. There are a candy store and a serve yourself – frozen yogurt bar if you are in the mood for dessert. You can sip on a hot tea from the tea market before heading to a movie at the theater or the Imax. Or you can do some shopping at Macy’s, Bath and Body Works, Victoria’s Secret or a number of other little shops. Parking is slightly difficult on Friday nights. You are best off heading to the parking garage and going straight to the upper level. The garage is located right next to Edwards theater near Macy’s.
- Name: River Park
- Address: 220 E Paseo Del Centro, Fresno, CA 93720, United States
- Phone: +1 559-437-4855
- Hours: Monday to Friday 12 am – 11:59 pm
- Website: http://www.shopriverpark.com/
3. Fig Garden Village Shopping Center
Dining, shopping, entertainment, relaxation. You have it all at Fig Garden Village. Out of all the shopping centers that were built in the north of Fresno in the 50s and 60s, Fig Garden Village has maintained its quality and charm for over 50 years, outlasting and surviving longer than May Fair and the Fulton Mall, and even doing better than Manchester and on par with Fashion Fair. You can find a great selection of renowned retailers and locally owned one-of-a-kind shops in the open-air Shopping Center. This shopping center is upscale and very nice. You will find a Coach Store, Bath and Body Works, Starbucks, a Whole Foods Market, Williams-Sonoma, plus so much more. There are quite a few great restaurants in this shopping center also. It is a great place to spend an afternoon shopping and having lunch with your friends. A little peace in the middle of the Fresno Mayhem, there is no Bulldog cafe anymore, but there is a great sushi restaurant and always entertaining Elbow Room.
- Name: Fig Garden Village Shopping Center
- Address: 790 W Shaw Ave, Fresno, CA 93704, United States
- Phone: +1 559-412-5296
- Hours: Monday to Saturday 10 am – 7 pm, Sunday 11 am – 6 pm
- Website: http://www.shopfiggardenvillage.com/
4. Manchester Shopping Center
A secure place to take your morning walk with friends since it is located in central Fresno and there is an advantage of easy freeway access. It is more of a business complex rather than a shopping center. Manchester Shopping Center could still be a gem if it would attract well-known merchants. This mall needs to fix the lighting and rent all the spaces in order to attract more crowd. A few video game stores could bring on the teens. Maybe the stores with unique items would help too. The food court is the better part of the Manchester Shopping Center.
- Name: Manchester Shopping Center
- Address: 1901 E Shields Ave #203, Fresno, CA 93726, United States
- Phone: +1 559-227-1901
- Hours: Monday to Saturday 10 am – 8 pm
- Website: http://www.manchester-center.com/
5. Fulton Mall
Fulton Mall is a six-block pedestrian mall established in the inner business district of Fresno. The Fulton mall is the home to a wide variety of shopping, offices, public arts, and restaurants. You can find a Fallas Discount Stores, Payless Shoesource, Metro PCS, Goodwill, CVS/Pharmacy, and Subway. Most of the locations are rented out to small family businesses.
- Name: Fulton Mall
- Address: Fresno, CA 93721, United States
- Phone: (559) 490-9966
6. RiverView Shopping Center
RiverView Shopping Center is an affluent shopping destination established on the corner of Friant and Fort Washington Roads and includes a variety of eclectic retail shops, restaurant destinations and more. RiverView Shopping Center is home to: A Touch of Gold Tan, Chapala Grill, Dog House II Pets, Ever After, Fort Washington Fitness, Guarantee Real Estate, Ivy Crest Designs, Karkazian Jewelers, Lassen’s, The Mutual Fund Store, Panda Express, Paradise Cleaners, Pop Laval Gallery, Sakanaya, SheShe, Sierra Running Company, SportClips, Starbucks, Subway, The Standard, Tri Sport Bicycles, Yalla Yalla, Yogurtville, Zen Spa and Salon.
- Name: RiverView Shopping Center
- Address: 9447 Ft Washington Rd, Fresno, CA 93730, USA
- Phone: +1 559-490-3600
- Website: http://www.riverviewshops.com/
7. Villaggio Shopping
Villagio is home to stores like Nordstrom Rack, Home Goods, Shoe Pavilion and Edmonds Jewelers. Restaurants like CPK and Elephant Bar and Grill also make their home here.Villagio shopping center is located at the SW corner of Blackstone and Nees in Fresno CA. The larger tenants here include Barnes and Noble Bookstore, Home Goods, Nordstrom Rack, California Pizza Kitchen and Elephant Bar and Grill.Other stores located here include Lane Bryant, Edmonds Jewelers, Sierra Nut House and Hallmark. Restaurants located here include Joy Luck Chinese Cuisine, Cold Stone Creamery, and Antonio’s Mexican Restaurant.
- Name: Villaggio Shopping Center
- Address: 7973 N Blackstone Ave, Fresno, California 93720
- Phone: +1 559-432-3400
8. Montecito Plaza Shopping Center
Montecito Plaza is one of North Fresno’s most popular and well-maintained neighborhood shopping centers and it is a home to a variety of shops and services. At Montecito Plaza, you will find an excellent mix of healthy living retailers next to the national-branded restaurants, and some other family-friendly retailers with a spacious parking lot. Take a stroll through the spacious courtyard on the way to one of their shops. You can relax in view of their marble fountain while enjoying treats from the eateries. If you are in the mood to do something dynamic, go into one of several exercise studios in the Montecito Plaza center, including pilates, yoga, and dance classes. Sharpen your skills by taking a class you like, or try something entirely new. But if exercise is not something you would enjoy at that moment, indulge in one of the high-end nail or hair salons, or schedule yourself a rejuvenating spa appointment.
- Name: Montecito Plaza Shopping Center
- Address: San Rafael, CA 94901, United States
- Phone: +1 415-453-2843
- Website: http://www.montecitofresno.com/
9. Menchie’s Winepress Shopping Center
Menchie’s began as a single store in Southern California and has developed into a global presence that is equivalent to good times. Children are drawn to the curved, froyo-hatted mascot Menchie and his Sweet Friends, and families are pulled into the laid-back, relaxing and welcoming environment. Frozen desserts are an affordable luxury for all of you, and Menchie’s is committed to serving smiles and creating a rather positive guest experience. Today, they are known to be an industry leader.
- Name: Menchie’s Winepress Shopping Center
- Address: 3090 W Shaw Ave #102, Fresno, CA 93711, United States
- Phone: +1 559-274-9002
- Hours: Sunday to Thursday 12 am – 10 pm, Friday to Saturday 12 am – 11 pm
- Website: www.menchies.com
10. Ashlan Park Shopping Center
Ashlan Park first opened in the sixties, Ashlan Park’s anchor store was the Triple J Drug Store – which was both variety store and a coffee shop. It had a garden shop too. Much later it would ownership to the Li’l General, and finally, in the eighties to the Thrifty Drug Store. Save Mart is the large grocery anchor now. The former Thrifty drug space is now empty, but there are a few steady tenants that have been in place a good 20-30 years now and that are not going anywhere.
- Name: Ashlan Park Shopping Center
- Address: 4151 E Ashlan Ave, Fresno, CA 93726, United States
- Phone: +1 559-226-3365
So, whether you are looking for really big malls like Fashion Fair or lifestyle-oriented malls like Fig Garden Village, you will be pleased to know that Fresno is a good place for each option. We recommend River Park as an entertainment center. Check out Fulton Mall for antique shops. We hope you will have a great time.
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