Jerry Schalow Rio Rancho Regional Chamber of Commerce CEO

The growing city of Rio Rancho is poised for business growth in retail and hospitality.

There are a number of projects that are getting off the ground and will open in 2022 and 2023.

Retail and restaurants are in rebound and growth mode after being hit hard during the pandemic. Rio Rancho, Corrales and Bernalillo with a combined population of over 130,000 residents has grabbed the attention of local and national businesses alike.

Businesses are choosing the Rio Rancho area for a number of reasons including a growing population and low crime. The growing population has caught many national businesses and franchises by surprise, so they are taking a closer look at expanding their footprint.

Local business owners have also identified this area for expansion with the addition of Turtle Mountain North, Rise + Roast, Defined Fitness and Dulce River Bakery & Taproom.

Dulce River will be a new and expanded business in Rio Rancho that will offer a brew concept. It will have a tap room with food, and next door they will offer baked goods that they have from Dulce Capital in Santa Fe along with locally made candy and chocolates.

“We are residents of Enchanted Hills and we have looked at expanding into Rio Rancho for a couple years. Our Dulce River location will have a tap room serving local beers and made from scratch food, while also being the first bakery and chocolate candy maker in Enchanted Hills.” said owner Armando Martinez.

These retail expansions have led to many residents to ask what projects are coming to our area, so the Rio Rancho Regional Chamber of Commerce has put together a list of expected additions in 2022 and 2023.  The pace of additions to the area continues to gain momentum, so stay tuned for more announcements coming soon.


Unser Gateway

  • Rise + Roast 2022
  • Whataburger 2023
  • Slim Chickens 2023
  • Market Street 2023
  • Margarita Hill 2023

Southeast Rio Rancho

  • Brew Lab 101 expansion 2022
  • Drive N Motion (Open)
  • Muzzle Guitar (Open)
  • Whiptail Restaurant (Open)
  • M&F Auto Sales (Open)
  • Batteries Plus (Open)
  • Defined Fitness 2022
  • Ad House/Edit House expanded location 2022
  • Chicken Salad Chic 2023
  • Caliper’s Collision 2023
  • Raising Canes 2023

Northwest Rio Rancho

  • Champion Car Wash 2022 (Open)
  • McDonald’s 2022
  • Rio Rancho Raptors Hockey ECHL NHL Affiliate 2023

Enchanted Hills/Bernalillo

  • Turtle Mountain North 2022 (Open)
  • Scooters 2022 (Open)
  • Bad Ass Coffee (Open)
  • Dulce River Bakery & Taproom 2022
  • Deluxe Design 2022
  • Starbucks 2022
  • The Boardwalk 2023