As part of one of the fastest-growing regions in the state of Texas, the City of Alamo offers businesses plenty of opportunity for growth and success. Properties along Interstate 2 are prime locations for retail, and Alamo’s geographical location has positioned itself to serve as a platform for regional distribution. This includes its proximity to Mexico, the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge, and the future International Bridge Trade Corridor. The city of Alamo stands ready to welcome business. The City has a good track record of offering incentives via its economic development corporation or chapter 380 agreements. Businesses locating to Alamo have access to a large workforce and efficient transportation. Add to this a great quality of life and low cost of living and you only have one question, “Why am I not in business in Alamo?!”
The City of Alamo is located along Interstate 2 (Expressway 83) in eastern Hidalgo County, Texas. It is part of the McAllen Metropolitan Statistical Area, or McAllen MSA, as one of the fastest-growing MSAs in Texas. The City is 7.7 miles from the City of McAllen, 8.5 miles from Edinburg, 26.5 Miles from Harlingen and 43.5 miles from Brownsville. Alamo is immediately neighbored by the City of San Juan to the west, the City of Edinburg to the north, the City of Donna to the east, and the City of Pharr to the south.
The City of Alamo has a general Retail Trade Area population of 150,000 and it’s within a 5-mile radius. Market analysis of this area indicates a retail potential of $1 billion dollars. The market potential for the City increases with the influx of Winter Texans and Mexican Nationals. The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley estimate approximately 106,000 Winter Texans visited the region known as the Rio Grande Valley between 2017-2018 and had an economic impact of $528 million.
The city of Alamo was established in 1909 and incorporated in 1924. It’s best known for being home to the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, a federal wildlife preserve that spans over 2,000 acres and attracts 132,000 visitors annually. Alamo also benefits from its proximity to the Basilica of San Juan Shrine. The Basilica of San Juan attracts over 1 million pilgrims yearly who help contribute to the city’s economy as patrons at Alamo’s shops and hotels.
Commercially, Alamo has anchor tenants such as Walmart, HEB, and the Alamo Mercadome. Second-tier retailers in the city include Bealls, Cato Fashions, Walgreens, CVS and Morelos Supermarket. Additional retail is represented by stores such as Family Dollar, Dollar General, and Dollar Tree. The Alamo retail sector is rounded out by local mom and pop stores resulting in Alamo having a commercial vacancy rate of 3.4%.
Alamo also hosts notable food chains such as Burger King, Carl’s Jr., Dairy Queen, McDonald’s, Whataburger, Little Cesar’s, Pizza Hut, Peter Piper Pizza, Stars, Subway, Church’s Chicken, and Wing Stop. Alamo also has locally recognized full-service restaurants such as Carmelita’s, Tower Burger, and The Original Willie’s Barbeque.
The city of Alamo offers plenty of opportunity for growth. Since 2014, the City has seen at least an estimated $21 million of private investment in commercial projects. This includes the establishment of a Carl’s Jr. and a Goodwill Store; the relocation of a small distribution company into a new 12,000 sq. ft. facility; the establishment of 130 bed, 51,000+ sq. ft. skilled nursing facility; and 10,000 sq. ft. freestanding emergency department by South Texas Health System.
According to the US Census Bureau, the City of Alamo has an estimated population 19,246. The City has a Home Rule type of government with a Mayor and four-member City Commission. Each commissioner is elected to a 4-year term. Alamo has a median household income of $36,079, and the population is 84.6% Hispanic. The City of Alamo has 73.2% homeownership, and there are 1,800 businesses registered in Alamo. The unemployment rate in Alamo is 8.2% and 10.7% of the population 25 years or older has a college degree.