Laredo boasts the #1 Wal-Mart in the nation based on sales per sq. ft. Recently, HEB Plus, Hobby Lobby, a 2nd Best Buy, a 2nd Academy Store, TJ Maxx and 3 Walgreens have recently opened up.
These stores along with all the other retail stores are continually trying to attract the visitors from Monterrey and Mexico City. Daily, thousands of visitors from Mexico flock to Laredo to buy clothing and electronics and half the price of what it would cost them in Mexico.
When thinking about the possibilities of Laredo, think beyond the 236,000 people that live here and be sure to include the roughly 6,000,000 people from Monterrey and surrounding areas. Many of these people travel to the U.S. to do their shopping.
The Laredo downtown district has stood as the cornerstone of the area's economy for decades and promises to play an increasingly vital role in the city's future developments plans. With its rich history and many cultural jewels, the downtown Laredo business district enchants shoppers as well as tourists year-round from throughout Texas and beyond. In 2006, the historic La Posada Hotel and Suites completed a $14 million renovation preserving its historic elegance and adding modern convenience to the popular meeting place and favorite inn of many famous visitors to the border.
The opening of the El Portal bridge complex, a multimillion dollar investment by the city, marks the era of a new crossing experience for Bridge I pedestrians. An automated system using magnetic strip cards and the latest turnstile technology usher pedestrians across the bridge span.
San Bernardo Avenue
Laredo's famous San Bernardo Avenue is a 40-plus block collection of countless Mexican import vendors dedicated to promoting Laredo as the shopping attraction for everything uniquely Mexican. Up and down San Bernardo Avenue shoppers can find distinctive products handmade in Mexico from the master craftsmen still practicing a timeless art form unique to their individual regions. Shoppers visiting Laredo have the convenience of exploring Mexico's wealth of crafts and artistry along the San Bernardo Avenue without having to travel and search in the heart of Mexico.
Mall Del Norte
Located just off Interstate 35 between Mann Road and Hillside Road in the center of the city, Mall del Norte is the premier shopping destination for South Texas and Northern Mexico. This upscale center showcases over 150 stores amongst an expanded and renovated Food Court - offering great fast food fare as well as several great dining options such as Logan's Roadhouse, Luby's, Olive Garden, Red Lobster and Tony Romas. Stores include Bealls, Dillard's, Macy's, JCPenney, Joe Brand, Sears, Bebe, Guess?, Gap, Hollister, American Eagle, and Outfiitters.