After several years in the making the Merced Gateway Retail Center is one council meeting a way to becoming a reality.
“We want to draw the retail dollar here, and we want to bring more jobs to the community– this is the way of doing it,” said Frank Quintero, Merced Economic Development Director.
Quintero, with Economic Development, can’t give out names of retailers yet, but said the center will include retail, entertainment, and food. It will also have an apartment complex; a fire station will also relocate into the area.
“It will bring a using assets such as UC Merced, the new interchange at 99 and Campus Parkway and Mission, but also Campus Parkway connecting up to UC so it just opens so many opportunities for the city.”
Along with bringing in new choices, Quintero said the retail center would ultimately create about 2,700 new jobs.
Quintero said they are hoping the city council will approve the retail center during their meeting on August 7th.