Premier Sports Bar & Entertainment Center revamps 46,000 SQFT former Best Buy box.

VANCOUVER, WASHINGTON – April 2017 – Big Al’s, the premier Northwest-based Sports Bar & Entertainment Center opened its fourth location in Ontario, California, on March 16, 2017. At a fraction of its original 67,000-70,000 SQFT footprint in WA, OR & ID, Big Al’s Ontario occupies 45,846 SQFT of a former Best Buy box at Piemonte at Ontario Center (4120 E. 4th St., Ste. A, Ontario, CA  91764).

Though a scaled-down version of the three existing Big Al’s locations, its new size is one that can more easily scale into existing centers but hasn’t lost the amenities nor the look & feel of the Big Al’s brand.

“Our vision of growth can be more readily realized with a smaller model.” stated Daniel Kirkwood, President & CEO of Kirkwood & Kirkwood, the family-owned real estate property company that owns & operates Big Al’s. “More important to developers and landlords, we took a plain, vanilla, former Best Buy box, and turned it into something spectacular.” Kirkwood credits SCOTT | EDWARDS ARCHITECTURE with the transformation, suggesting that the designers of the Beaverton, OR, and Meridian, ID, projects did a “phenomenal job” of maintaining the Big Al’s look & feel, but also “re-engineering the brand & its amenities” into a more scalable model.

Industry experts agree. “The facility looks spectacular (inside and out) and would seem to be an ideal co-tenant/anchor to any landlord/developer that is redeveloping.” wrote Howard Samuels, President of Samuels & Company, Inc.

Randall Lewis, Principal of the Lewis Group of Companies, a major developer of shopping centers and housing in the region, said Big Al’s will be a “wonderful addition” to the marketplace: “It’s a perfect combination of recreation, entertainment and dining,” Lewis said by phone. “It will appeal to many of the target markets that are so desirable today — millennials, young professionals and Gen-Xers” in addition to “attracting new employers to the area”.

“The consumer experience Big Al’s has created at its existing locations is impressive,” said Matthew G. Traino, Vice President of IDS Real Estate Group. “We are pleased to be a part of bringing such a high-quality entertainment option to the community.”

An easy stroll from Citizen’s Business Bank Arena on the edge of the Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga communities, Big Al’s Ontario boasts a contemporary Sports Bar & Grill with a 55’ HD laser Projection Screen, 20 full-service, state-of-the-art bowling lanes including The Ocho – an ultra-bowling lounge, a massive ‘Center Bar’ with a custom one-ton beer chase serving 36 beers on draught, a 225-player video & redemption game Arcade, and the exclusively 21+ BoardRoom featuring billiards, ping pong, table & floor shuffleboards, and classic darts & arcade games.


Big Al’s is a premier family-owned Sports Bar & Entertainment Destination with locations in Vancouver, WA, Beaverton, OR, Meridian, ID, and Ontario, CA. Integrated in to the fabric of local communities and with the latest arcade games, modern bowling lanes, and the region’s largest HD projection screen (55’!) as the focal point in the stadium-style Sports Bar & Grill, Big Al’s appeals to families, sports enthusiasts, event planners and anyone looking for a great time with great food in a contemporary NW-style atmosphere. Open seven days a week and perfectly suited for large groups, Big Al’s is also a favorite of corporate event planners, sports teams, community groups, and high schools. For additional photos of Big Al’s Ontario, click here.

Established nearly twenty years ago, SCOTT | EDWARDS ARCHITECTURE maintains a strong portfolio of award-winning hospitality, retail and commercial projects across the U.S. They roll up their sleeves and work closely with clients to develop creative design solutions that “pencil.” Their work has been featured in Gray, Builder, Healthcare Design, and Luxe magazines. To see more visit:

Samuels & Company, Inc., formed in 1997, is a full-service real estate advisory, development and brokerage company which offers integrated services for real estate developers, institutions, private investors, tenants and public agencies. The firm’s areas of specialty include a broad range of advisory and transactional real estate services including property planning, development and redevelopment, brokerage and leasing, acquisitions and dispositions, portfolio and asset management and structuring public/private redevelopment projects. Samuels & Company, Inc. has extensive experience in most real estate sectors with an emphasis in retail, entertainment and mixed-use projects. The principals of Samuels & Company, Inc. have more than 70 years of combined experience in all aspects of the real estate industry in various corporate and entrepreneurial positions.

Established in 1955, Lewis Group of Companies is one of the nation’s largest privately held real estate development companies, having developed more than 57,000 homes, 10,000 apartments, and 14 million square feet of retail, office, and industrial space. The Lewis Group focuses on developing mixed-use planned communities and residential subdivisions in California and Nevada, as well as building and owning rental communities, shopping centers, and office and industrial parks.

Now in its thirty first year of business, IDS Real Estate Group is a commercial real estate services company focusing on the Western United States. The company has a diverse portfolio exceeding 20 million square feet, and currently acts as a development manager on over four million square feet of space on behalf of their institutional investor partners. For more, visit