Harrison Plaza

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Harrison Plaza
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LocationHarrison Avenue cor. Pablo Ocampo Street, Malate, Manila
Coordinates14°33′45.5″N 120°59′23″E / 14.562639°N 120.98972°E / 14.562639; 120.98972Coordinates: 14°33′45.5″N 120°59′23″E / 14.562639°N 120.98972°E / 14.562639; 120.98972
Opening date1976
No. of stores and servicesmore than 200
No. of anchor tenants4
Total retail floor area178,000 m2 (1,920,000 sq ft)
No. of floors2
Parkingopen carpark

Harrison Plaza is the first modern and major shopping mall located along Harrison Avenue corner Pablo Ocampo Street in the district of Malate in Manila, Philippines.


SM Department Store in Harrison Plaza

Harrison Plaza opened in 1976 was the first modern shopping mall in the Philippines after the opening of Ali Mall. The mall was built on the site of Harrison Park and Ermita Cemetery.[1][2] The retail center was the first air-conditioned shopping mall in the Philippines.[3]

For two years, between 1982 and 1984, the shopping mall was shuttered for renovations.[3] When it was reopened to the public in 1984, the mall featured a cinema, amusement rides, Jai alai fronton site (until it was converted to SM Hypermarket in 2000s), fountain and a hotel in the 1990s. It was anchored by the country's major Department Store chains like SM Department Store and Rustan's.


In June 2016, it was reported that SM Prime Holdings is planning to invest ₱39.44 billion to redevelop the mall and plans to put up business process outsourcing offices and residential towers in the Harrison Plaza complex. The firm is partnering with the city government of Manila which will have economic interest from the redevelopment project.[4]

In April 2018, SM Prime Holdings was finalizing a deal to buy out the Martel family from its contract with the City of Manila to develop and manage Harrison Plaza.[5] Since the shopping center was in need of redevelopment and lagged behind nearby malls including Ali Mall, SM Prime Holdings plans to build a new shopping center with residential condominium above it. However the Martel's contract would expire by 2020 or 2022.[6][7]


At its peak, the Harrison Plaza housed 180 stores, eateries, and service outlets. It also had four movie houses and a supermarket.[3]

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  1. ^ Inquirer, Philippine Daily. "Malate: 'Manila's crown jewel'". business.inquirer.net. Retrieved 2019-07-04.
  2. ^ "The Most Haunted Places in Metro Manila | Balay.ph". Balay PH. 2017-11-06. Retrieved 2019-07-04.
  3. ^ a b c De Guzman, Nicai (24 June 2019). "Whatever Happened to Harrison Plaza?". Esquire. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  4. ^ Dumlao-Abadilla, Doris (20 June 2016). "SM eyes Harrison Plaza redevelopment". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 24 November 2016.
  5. ^ Dumlao-Abadilla, Doris. "SM Prime poised to take over Harrison Plaza". business.inquirer.net. Retrieved 2019-07-04.
  6. ^ "Is Harrison Plaza Really Closing Down After 43 Years?". When In Manila. 2019-05-16. Retrieved 2019-07-04.
  7. ^ "Of Bygone Days and An Uncertain Future: The Saga Of Harrison Plaza". The Urban Roamer. 2016-07-24. Retrieved 2019-07-04.

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