McAllen Mayor Jim Darling, local business owners and developers announced at a news conference on Monday, October 20, 2014 that McAllen has $100 million in new restaurants, hotels and stores which have opened their doors in McAllen’s southwest side or are planning to soon. The City of McAllen expects to see retail and commercial footprint to expand in the Convention Center-Anzalduas Bridge corridor.
The Embassy Suites Convention Center Hotel, the McAllen Performing Arts Center, various new shopping centers and unique restaurants – local and chain – such as Kokos, Los Asados, RGV Cupcakes, Blue Onion, Rodizio Grill, Salt Grass Steakhouse, Tilted Kilt, Zoe’s Kitchen and Starbucks among many others have set up shop on the city’s west side. Mostly located along West Expressway 83 (Interstate 2), the new attractions cement McAllen as the region’s restaurant hub and serve booming residential and high-traffic areas.
Mayor Darling added that developing McAllen’s west side has been a longtime strategic goal for the city and not only will grow the retail base, but serve residents in the Sharyland area and visitors using the Anzalduas Bridge corridor.