Completion of BART, which brings over 10,000 riders through the station each day, has sparked new interest in Bay Point as a residential and commercial center. Food, retail services, groceries, drug stores and theater/entertainment complexes can develop in the vicinity of the station. The growing population in the greater Bay Point area is expected to generate a great demand for restaurants, office space, and major retail concerns. A 1996 study concluded that the market trade area of 150,000 people is under-served by major value retailers in consumer electronics, apparel, housewares, home furnishings, and sporting goods. Traffic along Highway 4 and the Willow Pass commercial corridor is sufficient to support a wide variety of commercial uses to both local residents and commuters.
Light industry benefits from the availability of inexpensive land set against the backdrop of the huge Bay Area market. The marina area has the potential to become a regional recreation attraction, combining the commercial activities of the marina with recreational uses along the shoreline.
There are a number of major manufacturing and industrial employers in Bay Point. They include General Chemical, Acme Packaging, Criterion Catalysts and Dexter Corporation. Collectively these companies employ nearly 500 workers.
Acme Packaging Company: Cold finishing of steel shapes
Chemical & Pigment Company: Industrial inorganic chemicals
Concord Meat Co.: Meats & meat products
Criterion Catalyst Co.: Industrial inorganic chemicals
Dexter Aerospace, Inc.: Adhesives and sealants
General Chemical Corp.: Industrial inorganic chemicals
Keller Canyon Landfill Company: Refuse systems
Typical of many small communities, the non-manufacturing base consist of grocery stores, contractors, fast food and family restaurants, gas stations, auto repair shops, and convenience stores.