SM City Manila
|Location||Natividad Almeda-Lopez corner A. Villegas and San Marcelino Streets, Ermita, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines|
|Opening date||April 14, 2000|
|Developer||SM Prime Holdings|
|Owner||Henry Sy, Sr.|
|Total retail floor area||167,812 m2 (1,806,310 sq ft)|
|No. of floors||6|
|Website||SM City Manila Official Website|
SM City Manila is the first SM Supermall in the city of Manila. It is located within the corners of Natividad Almeda-Lopez (formerly called Concepcion), A. Villegas (formerly called Arroceros) and San Marcelino Streets in Ermita, Manila just beside the Manila City Hall. The mall features major SM brands like the SM Department Store, SM Supermarket, SM Cinemas & SM Foodcourt. It has a land area of 25,000 m2 (270,000 sq ft) and a total GFA of 167,812 m2 (1,806,310 sq ft).
History and location
Constructed in a 25,000 m2 (270,000 sq ft) lot in 1999 that was formerly where the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) building once stood, SM City Manila transformed the old avenue district into a shopping destination in the city. One of the largest malls in the city, it proved to be a one-stop destination for shoppers living nearby and mostly caters the youth because of its proximity to several campuses like Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU), Adamson University, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, MAPUA Institute of Technology, Philippine Normal University (PNU), Technological University of the Philippines (TUP), Santa Isabel College, Pamantasan Ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) and many others.
Expansion and renovation
The mall underwent major redevelopment in 2008. Old ceramic tiles were replaced with granite tiles. SM Foodcourt was also given a new look and more lighting fixtures were installed within the hallways. SM Department Store was also renamed as SM Store, the 2nd mall to do so.
Expansion plans for SM City Manila are on the way as SM Prime Holdings are in talks with Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) for buying their property which is located along Natividad-Almeda Lopez corner A. Villegas Street, directly in front of the existing mall, in order to construct a new annex building. The plan is to demolish the existing GSIS structure and construct a new 6-level building that will house the new SM Supermarket, A BPO Company and other tenants. The old SM Supermarket at the main building will be turned into a Cyberzone area. The new annex will also accommodate the additional parking spaces that is mostly needed by the mall at this time because of the limited parking space at the main building also some Office spaces for BPO. As of May 2012 there is still no confirmation or any details about the planned expansion that was rumored to be finished by 2015.
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