Parts of the western side of Rio Grande have long been second-best when it comes to retail in Albuquerque, with fewer unique dining and shopping options than established nodes like Old Town and Uptown.
However, retail observers say they’ve seen restaurants new to the market and those looking to expand their Albuquerque recently start flocking to the West Side.
“It’s the fastest-growing segment in the city,” said Genieve Posen, marketing director for NAI Maestas & Ward. “It’s one of the most underserved in terms of retail and restaurants.”
Posen noted that the western portion of the metro area, anchored by Rio Rancho, is growing quickly, but many residents still commute into Albuquerque. Because of that, she said retail corridors on the west side, particularly the northwest, are well-positioned to get people to stop closer to home during their commutes.