Situated on the Rio Grande and 70 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, McAllen, Texas, was once a largely rural area. Serving as an agricultural epicenter, the city has since grown and morphed over the years, becoming the 22nd most populous city in Texas.Retail, tourism and customer services are fast-growing business sectors in the region. If you are considering calling McAllen home, we've got all the information you will need about this area.

Shopping and Dining

McAllen serves as a major retail epicenter for Texas, pulling in over 10 million customers from a 200-mile radius. Forty of the top 100 retailers in the United States have locations in McAllen, and the city was chosen as one of three test city for Guess Inc. when they launched the clothing line, Marciano, in 2004.mexican-food-tacos_1With four anchor stores and over 150 retail spaces, La Plaza Mall is one of the major retail attractions in McAllen.

Downtown McAllen has also thrived and expanded to offer further retail space to companies vying for a spot in this retail-based city.

Because McAllen is a border town and has an influx of immigrants, the area is known for its Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine. The city is dotted with Tex-Mex offerings in all price ranges, and there truly is something for everyone.

Zamora's, located on North 23rd Street, is a fan favorite, offering hearty helpings at reasonable prices. Taco Palenque is known for its late-night offerings and its cafeteria-esque atmosphere.

Outdoor Activities

McAllen happens to be situated in the migratory path for birds moving from North and South America, and because of this, it is a prime bird watching location. At the Quinta Mazatlan, a historic Spanish mansion, many bird enthusiasts kick the day off by keeping their eyes peeled.

There is also the opportunity to explore the unique flora and fauna of McAllen at this location.
Parks, theme parks, and bike paths round out the outdoor activities in the area. green-jay

Sports Teams

While McAllen isn't home to any professional sports teams, several amateur teams and farm leagues are based in the area. An NBA-D league calls suburban Hidalgo home, and both indoor football and soccer teams are located within the city.

Work and Economic Growth

McAllen has an extensive young adult population, and, as a result, several companies have set up their call centers within McAllen. T-Mobile, Convergys, and Ticketmaster all have call centers located within the McAllen city limits.

Moving Assistance

In McAllen, you have access to several moving companies, such as U-Haul, Penske and Budget. To find out which moving companies are closest to you, visit U-­Haul’s website,, which provides a search for available moving services by time of day, date and zip code.

If you are considering calling McAllen home, contact the friendly professionals at Move It Self Storage if you are in need of storage. We have two conveniently located facilities within McAllen as well as other locations in the Rio Grande Valley. Our staff will be happy to help you find an affordable storage solution.



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