Simon Property Group unveiled the $100-million expansion of its Desert Hills Premium Outlets in Cabazon on Thursday, allowing crowds of tourists and shoppers to stream into new off-price stores from Alexander McQueen, Valentino, Fendi and more.
Fifty new outlet stores make up the 146,000-square-foot build-out. The McQueen store, along with the Helmut Lang and Belstaff shops, marks a first foray into the outlet world in the U.S.
Simon also added a 1,100-space parking garage, new landscaping, lighting and wider walkways. The entire center, which hosts 180 stores such as Armani and Prada, got a facelift.
Participants in the ribbon-cutting ceremony were herded into a large white tent in a courtyard flanked by La Perla on one side and Wetzel's Pretzels on the other. Under chandeliers, guests sipped champagne and watched stilt walkers stroll by the Helmut Lang store.