Plaza del Sol Mall – Del Rio, Texas Home of Laughlin Air Force Base & Amistad National Recreation Area
Plaza del Sol Mall in Del Rio, Texas is 154 miles directly west of San Antonio, on the Texas-Mexico border. The mall is anchored by a new Marshall's, JCPenney, Ross Dress For Less, Bealls, and Cinemark Movies 8. There are approximately 50,000+ people in Del Rio-Val Verde County and 185,000 people across the border in Ciudad Acuña, Mexico. The Mall complex includes a new Chick-Fil-A, Starbucks, Holiday Inn Express, and IHOP
Other national tenants include Kay Jewelers, Zales, Kirklands, Rack Room Shoes, The Children’s Place, and Applebee’s Grill & Bar.
Laughlin Air Force Base is located 6-miles east of the mall with an annual payroll of $133-M and has $206-M in economic impact to the community per year. The base is a "UPT" -- an Undergraduate Pilot Training facility and the majority of the pilots are married with young families.
Amistad National Recreation is located 15 minutes north of Plaza del Sol and has over 1-M visitors per year. Amistad hosts over 100 fishing tournaments per year and at its highest level has 840 miles of shoreline and 64,000 surface acres of water. It was originally built for flood control and is now also a hydroelectric plant and an attraction for all water sports, camping, hunting and fishing!
The local economy is driven by Federal Payroll and the Industrial Complex. Homeland Security, Border Patrol, Immigration, & Customs have a predominant presence with annual payroll at approximately $127-M and an economic impact of $197-M. In addition the local School District has payroll of $66-M. The area also benefits from ranching and tourism.
The “Maquila” or Industrial Twin Plant sector has a presence on both sides of the border and consists of over 40 plants such as Alcoa, Bendix, Caterpillar, GE, Irvin, and Sigmatron to name a few. The automobile industry in this sector has seen double digit growth in the last three year. Total employed in Ciudad Acuña if approximately 32,000 with a support staff in the both the U.S. and Mexico. Total payroll is over $40-M per year.
The Market supports well national and regional retailers and and future growth is directly tied to Mexico's Industrial/Maquila growth as well as growth by local and regional federal payroll.