As a regional shopping hub, Grand Island is exceedingly well-positioned for business growth and development. Retail is an important ingredient to our community’s economic and social well-being and Grand Island’s growth has extended to our retail market. The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce is committed to working with developers to strategically expand shopping options and facilitate “destination” retail stores.
The Grand Island Chamber focuses on:
- Providing data to retailers, brokers and developers
- Identifying available sites and spaces for retail development
- Building relationships with local and national real estate brokers, retailers and developers
- Assisting with the regulatory process for developers
- Identifying sources of public funding
Shopping districts include the following:
Highway 281 Corridor
This corridor is a shopping mecca featuring hundreds of retail shops, restaurants, and services. The anchor of this corridor is the Conestoga Mall, the largest indoor mall between Omaha and Denver, with over 545,000 square feet.
The Mall has five major anchor stores:
- Best Buy
Also in this area are dozens of retail strip centers. Combined, the Highway 281 corridor is home to dozens of national brand retailers and locally owned specialty shops.
Downtown Grand Island features an interesting mix of retail shops including home furnishings, art, interior décor, books, music, antiques, and more.
South Locust Street
The Locust Street corridor, just north of Interstate 80 Exit 314 to the downtown, features an assortment of specialty shops, dining, hotels, and services. Many of these are in the immediate vicinity of Fonner Park and the Heartland Events Center.