SM Megamall

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SM Megamall
SMMegamallLogo.png
Location Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) corner Doña Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center, Wack-Wack Greenhills, Mandaluyong, Philippines
Opening date
  • Main Building: June 28, 1991
  • Mega Atrium: October 28, 2008
  • Carpark C: October 11, 2011
  • Mega Fashion Hall: January 28, 2014
Developer SM Prime Holdings
Management SM Prime Holdings
Owner Henry Sy
Architect Arquitectonica
No. of stores and services 1200 shops including 270 dining establishments
No. of anchor tenants 18
Total retail floor area 506,435 m2 (5,451,220 sq ft)[1]
No. of floors 5 + Basement
Parking Over 4,200 cars
Website SM Megamall Official Website

SM Megamall is a shopping mall located in the Ortigas business district of Metro Manila, Philippines. It is the current largest SM Supermalls developed and operated by SM Prime Holdings, the largest mall operator in the Philippines owned by Henry Sy, Sr..[2] The mall has two buildings connected with a bridge and occupies a land area of approximately 10 hectares and has a total floor area estimated at 506,435 square metres (5,451,220 sq ft),[1] making it the largest shopping mall in the country and the 3rd largest mall in the world. The mall has a maximum capacity of 4 million people.[3]

History[edit]

The mall was built in 1989 and opened its doors on June 28, 1991, the third SM Supermall built by Henry Sy, Sr., after SM City Sta. Mesa and the SM City North EDSA. SM Megamall is located in the Ortigas Center, at the portion encompassed by Mandaluyong City. It stands along the main EDSA thoroughfare and is almost adjacent to the Manila Metro Rail Transit(MRT) Ortigas station. SM Megamall was the largest mall in the country for a 17-year period, but when SM Mall of Asia was built, it was ranked third largest in the country by floor area, measuring 331,679 square meters of total retail floor area and seventh largest in the world after SM North (which is the first in the country and second in the world). It also boasted the first ice skating rink (which was removed in 2009 but returned five years later in 2014) and one of the first trade halls in the country

In a study done on the world's largest shopping malls by Eastern Connecticut State University, the mall was ranked third among the world's largest shopping malls by "ground level area", and was the third largest mall in the Philippines, below the SM Mall of Asia and SM City North EDSA.[4]

Buildings[edit]

The mall has two main buildings. Building A features the SM Cinemas, Food Court, Toy Kingdom and other anchor tenants. The Atrium is often rented out for events and in-mall concerts. Building B features the SM Department Store, SM Supermarket, Cyberzone and other anchor tenants, and has been expanded with the Mega Fashion Hall, which opened January 2014. The Bridgeway connecting the two main buildings of the mall contains several eateries. While the mall itself closes at 10:00 pm on ordinary days, the Megastrip portion of the mall is located on the Julia Vargas Avenue ends of both Buildings A and B facing the street and is usually open until midnight. Several shops and restaurants can be found in the Megastrip. This section of the mall was completed in 2009.

Mega Atrium[edit]

The Mega Atrium.

The approximate 16,000 m2 Mega Atrium is an addition to the existing two buildings. The Atrium fully bridges the gap between Buildings A and B. Completed in 2008, the Atrium features various choices of shops and restaurants.

Building C[edit]

Building C is a more recent building of SM Megamall, and was opened on October 11, 2011. Located near EDSA to the west of Building A, it was formerly the Mega A Open Carpark. It also has business process outsourcing office spaces at the upper levels of the carpark, as well as an integrated bus terminal to suburban cities and towns in Rizal to the east of Metro Manila. The building also hosts a transport terminal and offices of the Department of Foreign Affairs

The Mega Fashion Hall



Mega Fashion Hall (Mega D)[edit]

The Mega Fashion Hall is the latest expansion of SM Megamall. Featuring a two-level basement parking and a five-level mall, it houses several international-based clothing retail stores, one of which is the 3-level store of H&M in the Philippines, as well as a 3-level Uniqlo of which the two uppermost levels of it stretches up to Building B.


Aside from clothing stores, the expansion includes dining establishments, home stores on the 4th level, and service shops and a Bingo area on the 5th level. The Mega Fashion Hall also houses an IMAX theater, 56-seater Director's Club Cinemas with butler service, a new Olympic-sized ice skating rink (which replaced the old one removed in 2009 from the lower-ground level of Building A), an upscale food court named the Mega Food Hall, and a 14-lane bowling center.

Expansion[edit]

After the soft opening of the newly constructed Building C Carpark, the mall surpassed SM Mall of Asia by 2,000 m2 (22,000 sq ft) and became the second largest shopping mall in the Philippines.

With the opening of the Mega Fashion Hall (Building D), the current gross leasable area is now 500,000 m²; thus, cementing its status as "The Largest Shopping Mall in the Philippines and in Southeast Asia."

The addition of Mega Fashion Hall building added 125 new retail stores which is composed of 90% global brands and 10% local.[5]

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • May 21, 2000: A bomb exploded at 4:30pm inside the Ladies' Room of Cinema 6 on the third floor of the mall, killing one and injuring dozens. Two of the victims sustained very serious injuries. [6]
  • January 26, 2013: A holdup and shootout occurred when the Martilyo Gang robbed a jewelry store in the Department Store in the first floor.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b (PDF). SM Prime. April 17, 2014 http://www.smprime.com/uploads/DownloadableForms/SEC%2017-A-2013.pdf. Retrieved 17 April 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Megamall". Malls. SM Prime Holdings, Inc. Archived from the original on 2007-01-21. Retrieved 2007-02-15. 
  3. ^ "SM Prime expanding Megamall for P1.5b". Manila Standard Today. May 2, 2011. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  4. ^ Pocock, Emil (2007-01-10). "World's Largest Shopping Malls". American Studies at Eastern Connecticut State University: Shopping Mall Studies. Eastern Connecticut State University. Archived from the original on 2007-02-13. Retrieved 2007-02-15. 
  5. ^ "SM Megamall is Once Again the Largest Mall in the Philippines". Pinoymalls. 
  6. ^ "MEGAMALL CINEMA BOMBED, 1 DEAD". PHILIPPINE HEADLINE NEWS ONLINE. Retrieved 2000-05-21.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  7. ^ "Netizens capture mayhem in Megamall". TV5. Retrieved 2013-01-26. 

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Preceded by
SM City Santa Mesa
3rd SM Supermall
1991
Succeeded by
SM City Cebu

Coordinates: 14°35′04.01″N 121°03′24.38″E / 14.5844472°N 121.0567722°E / 14.5844472; 121.0567722