Retail in Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids: a strong, affluent market seeking retailers

Cedar Rapids, Iowa enjoys a strong local economy that’s diverse enough to withstand national downturns and ensure that local residents maintain a desirable standard of living. For retailers, that means a strong customer base -- more than 695,000 residents within a 50-mile radius -- throughout all economic climates.

Our area’s population growth is outpacing retail expansion. A recent Buxton leakage report cited significant opportunities for food and beverage establishments, companies offering clothing and accessories, home furnishing stores, and other retailers. Traffic counts are high and residents have the disposable income retailers crave.

There are numerous strong retail locations in the community with space that’s ready to lease. We also have plenty of space ready for development for standalone stores, vehicle dealerships, and other retailers that need room to spread out. Local developers are willing to invest in efforts to attract retailers, state economic development programs offer incentives, and local leaders support those efforts with fast permitting and infrastructure improvements. If your company is seeking a profitable market for its latest location or the launch of a new concept, we’ll be happy to show you some promising spots.

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Recent Projects

  • Loftus Mixed Use

    Project Location: 311 9th Avenue SE Project Highlights: Mixed use; Retail, Storage, Residential. Site will feature 88 studio/one bedroom apartments, 50 – two bedroom apartments, and main level, ...

  • Parks and Schmit Orthodontics and Oral Surgery

    Project Location: 4201 42nd Street NE Project Highlights: New facility for Orthodontics, Oral Surgery, and General Dental care Site is located on a the corner of 42nd Street and Edgewood Road NE, with...

  • Midwest Commerce Park

    Project Location: 10020 Commerce Park Drive SW Project Highlights: 120 Acre development at I-380 and the Eastern Iowa Airport Exit. Focus on build to suit projects for distribution, flex, and industri...