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Commercial Areas

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A rapidly growing residential population, UC Merced expansion, Hwy 99 visibility, and Yosemite visitor traffic all contribute to an active office/commercial market. Three particular hot spots are:

  • Downtown

  • North Merced

  • Gateways Community

Commercial Hot Spots


Mid-Century nostalgia meets the digital future in Downtown Merced. Both the City and UC Merced have invested heavily in downtown, including the El Capitan Hotel, the UC Merced Venture Lab, and the new 67,400 sf UC Merced Downtown Campus Center. More...

Professional Services

Tech/R&D Start-ups

Niche Retail

Food Services

North Merced

Heavy residential growth and home to major retailers such as Kohl's and Target. Hot spots include Merced Mall, The Promenade shopping center, and Mercy Medical Center (186 beds, built in 2010). More...

National Brand Retailers

Residential Shopping Centers

Food Services

Medical Services

Professional Services

Gateways Community

Residential and commercial arteries, including the Yosemite gateway (highway 140) and freeway frontage (highway 99). Area includes Merced County Fairgrounds and many major hotel chains. More...

Convenience Stores

Food Services

Auto Parts & Maintenance


Location Assistance 

The City has aggressively invested in infrastructure improvements and long-term planning to ensure that your business can operate at maximum efficiency from any location. Contact the Office of Economic Development for assistance in finding the best location and identifying cost-saving programs for your company's needs.

contact economic development staff at 209-385-6827
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