Largest Retail Center in Central Nebraska
Grand Island has grown over the past ten years into a more significant retail hub than ever before. New stores open yearly offering an ever-widening variety of products. New specialty stores along Highway 281’s Merchandise Mile district offer sporting goods, kitchen and bath supplies, pet supplies, big and tall mens clothing, and more.
The north end of the mile now features Northwest Commons, renovated in 2015. Dick’s Sporting Goods anchors the commons. South of that is the popular Northwest Crossings. The stalwart Conestoga Mall continues to be the cornerstone of Merchandise Mile.
Dining options – for the inevitable lunch and dinner respite between stores – are abundant along Merchandise Mile. National brands can be seen on every corner. Locally owned establishments offer international cuisines including Indian and Nepalese fare, Japanese or Asian fusion dishes, along with Mexican options and homemade Italian.
Grand Island has been and remains a staunchly agricultural community. Surrounded by fertile farmland in the Platte River valley and ripe with ag-related industry, it’s no surprise there are some great western shops in the city. On Merchandise Mile, Western Edge is a large and recently remodeled retail roundup of the latest styles. Fourth Street offers a boot shop where you can buy new kicks or have your current comfy pair repaired.
Our historic downtown, Railside, continues to experience revival. Antique stores, from quaint to cavernous, line Third Street. Treasures gleaned from rural Nebraska fill their shelves in basements and on mezzanines, memories show up in window displays, and unique furnishings can be found to complete your own style.
Serious pickers will need to add Nebraska’s Junk Jaunt to their annual antique shopping sprees. People from across the country bring trucks and trailers to this 300-mile-long garage sale beginning in Grand Island and extending into the Sandhills every September.
Three new boutiques have opened in Railside in the last three years. Others are sprinkled across the city from South Locust Street up to Merchandise Mile and offer snazzy styles for your next dinner party. Venture a few minutes south of Grand Island to Doniphan for Around the Block boutique and tea room.