In 2005, the Imperial Valley Mall was opened creating employment opportunities for many retailers along with a shopping center for many local and international consumers from Mexicali. This commercial center continues to grow by adding more stores and restaurants to attract more consumers. By adding more shopping and dining options, a more diverse atmosphere is created for domestic and global customers.
In 2013, the Gran Plaza Outlets were opened in the border city of Calexico, CA. Their strategic location near the downtown Calexico Port of Entry attracts many customers from Mexicali. The outlets are currently undergoing their second phase of expansion, which will create additional employment opportunities within the Imperial Valley.