Retail businesses of all sorts including beauty supply stores, toy stores, clothing shops, photography businesses and general merchandisers need licenses and permits. In most cases, retail businesses take relatively few licenses – however being registered for all state and local taxes is important as is having any needed general business licenses.
Like most Texas cities, Corpus Christi doesn’t have a general business license or too many regulations in general. The city and Nueces County mostly care about public and environmental health. Most licensing and regulation take place at the state level. However business such as restaurants, bars, food trucks and others that sell food, alcohol or tobacco must make sure they get the correct local regulatory licenses. Corpus Christi's position at the tip of Texas makes it an ideal port location. That's why it remains the nation's 5th busiest seaport. Additionally, the city's economy has services, wholesale and retail sectors.