Highway 99 provides easy access to Merced for shoppers from Chowchilla to Livingston. Residents of Mariposa and Los Banos also depend on Merced for many retail and service needs.
Within a five mile radius are over 83,000 people. Within ten miles, the population is over 130,000 – and the market region is over 250,000.
The market is rated "above average" in the California Retail Survey, and is growing rapidly. This is demonstrated by the addition of over 1 million square feet of retail in the past six years. During this time, new entrants include Costco, Wal-Mart, Target, Orchard Supply, Home Depot, PetSmart, Circuit City, Marie Callender's, Staples, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble, Pier 1, Linens' & Things, and many others. Merced's per capita retail sales annually exceed the neighboring markets in Fresno and Modesto.
Regional Retail Market: 250,000 Per Capita Retail Sales Higher Than Modesto or Fresno