McAllen serves as a retail hub for the Rio Grande Valley, both north and south of the border, attracting a consumer base of more than 10 million shoppers. Such strong traffic means our merchants must carry the variety and quality homeowners need for their lifestyles. La Plaza Mall, located within walking distance of the McAllen International Airport, contains 1.2 million square feet of retail space, seven anchors and 140 specialty stores. Since opening its doors in 1976, La Plaza Mall has experienced three expansions — two in the past decade.
Additionally, McAllen offers 28 retail centers, ranging from strip malls to shopping villages. The °©downtown area recently underwent a restoration that now includes a shopper comfort center known as La Placita. Tourists also typically scoot down into Reynosa, Mexico to take advantage of the arts and crafts shops.