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Los Banos, California and Retail Strategies Partner to Drive Retail Recruitment and Growth


CONTACT: Katelyn Little
Retail Strategies

BIRMINGHAM, AL (March 25, 2024) – Los Banos, California city leadership announces its new collaboration with Retail Strategies, the leading firm in retail recruitment and community development across the U.S. Leveraging their specialized skills and vast retail and development network, Retail Strategies will assess market opportunity and retail site availability, and identify strategic avenues for enhancing the future of Los Banos. The partnership includes partnering for ICSC Monterey and ICSC Las Vegas where Retail Strategies will act as a representative on behalf of the city.

“Retail Strategies’ reputation and network with national retail brands was something we considered when bringing on a retail recruitment partner,” said Stacy Souza, Economic Development Director for the city of Los Banos. “We are excited to have Retail Strategies act as an extension of our economic development team to multiply efforts with additional human capital and commercia real estate expertise.”

“Los Banos is located in a premium position in the San Joaquin Valley,” said Jessica Bohlen, Director of Community Partnership for Retail Strategies. “With their population and income growth, our team will be able to position Los Banos as a desirable location to retailers.”

About Los Banos, California

Centrally located at the “Crossroads of California”, Los Banos is much more than meets the eye. From bird watching to water skiing, fishing to elk watching, Los Banos offers thousands of acres of recreational fun and enjoyment opportunities for the young and young at heart.

The City of Los Banos, population 46,639, is situated on the west side of Merced County and is the county’s second largest city. The City is conveniently located in the center of California and is about two hours from the cities of San Francisco, Oakland and Sacramento, as well as Yosemite National Park. California’s Monterey Peninsula and the Pacific Ocean are accessible in one and a half hours, as well as the Valley’s major cities of Stockton and Fresno. The Silicon Valley is just more than an hour’s drive away.

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About Retail Strategies

Retail Strategies is the national expert in community development and retail economic development. Our mission is to provide the real estate expertise, tools, and human effort that position deserving towns as alluring locations for national businesses and destinations for tourism and quality-of-life amenities. We confidently pursue this mission by delivering unparalleled customer service as a unified team with unmatched real estate and community development expertise. Our activities pay a return in sales taxes, added jobs, and businesses that enhance and add to the unique qualities of your community.

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