SM Megamall

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SM Megamall
SM Megamall logo
The Megamall at Ortigas Center Manila.jpg
SM Megamall in 2014
LocationWack-Wack Greenhills, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, Philippines
Coordinates14°35′04.01″N 121°03′24.38″E / 14.5844472°N 121.0567722°E / 14.5844472; 121.0567722Coordinates: 14°35′04.01″N 121°03′24.38″E / 14.5844472°N 121.0567722°E / 14.5844472; 121.0567722
AddressEpifanio delos Santos corner Doña Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center,
Opening dateJune 28, 1991; 29 years ago (1991-06-28)
DeveloperSM Prime Holdings
ManagementSM Prime Holdings
ArchitectAntonio Sindiong & Arquitectonica
No. of stores and services500 shops including 280 dining outlets
No. of anchor tenants18
Total retail floor area474,000 m2 (5,100,000 sq ft) (2015)[1]
No. of floorsMega A & B: 5 (+ 1 basement level)
Mega C: 11 (Parking at 2F-7F)
Mega Fashion Hall (Mega D): 5 + 2-level basement carpark
Parking4,200+
Public transit accessMetro interchange 3 Ortigas
Metro interchange 3 Shaw Boulevard
Websitesm-megamall.com

SM Megamall is the second largest shopping mall in the Philippines and the ninth largest in the world that is developed and operated by SM Prime Holdings.[2] It is located in Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong, Philippines. The mall occupies a land area of approximately 10 hectares (25 acres) and has a total floor area of 474,000 square metres (5,100,000 sq ft).[3] The mall has a maximum capacity of 4 million people.[4]

History[edit]

SM Megamall was constructed in 1989 and opened its doors on June 28, 1991. It is the third SM Supermall ever built by Henry Sy Sr. after the SM City Sta. Mesa and SM City North EDSA. The mall 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 Ortigas MRT Station. The SM Megamall was the largest mall in the country for a 17-year period, but when the SM Mall of Asia was built in 2006, it was ranked third largest in the country by floor area at that time, measuring 331,679 m2 (3,570,160 sq ft) of total retail floor area and after SM City North EDSA (which ranks first in the country and second in the world). It also boasted the first ice skating rink (removed in 2009 but rebuilt in 2014) as well as one of the first trade halls in the country.

By 2010s, SM Megamall expanded with the addition of the Building C in 2011 and the Mega Fashion Hall in 2014, bringing the total retail floor area to 474,000 m2 (5,100,000 sq ft). In 2018, SM partnered with Cal-Comp Technology (Philippines) Inc. for the provision of its New Era AI (Artificial Intelligence) Robotic service robots stationed at SM Megamall by the first quarter of 2019.[5]

Buildings[edit]

Megamall back entrance on June 18, 2019
The Mega Atrium.

Main Mall[edit]

The mall has two main buildings. Building A features the 12 digital cinemas on the third floor, a foodcourt and Toy Kingdom on the lower ground floor and other anchor tenants. It also features Forever 21 located on the second level of Building A. Building B features The SM Store, Cyberzone on the fourth floor, The Mega Trade Hall on the fifth floor, and other anchor tenants. It has been expanded with the Mega Fashion Hall which opened in January 2014. The SM Supermarket is featured on both buildings (in which the SM Supermarket at the Building A was a former space of Toy Kingdom when it was relocated at the former bowling center). The bridgeway connecting the two main buildings of the mall contains several eateries.

Mega Atrium[edit]

The 16,000 m2 (170,000 sq ft) Mega Atrium is an addition to the existing two buildings. The Atrium, completed in 2008, bridges the gap between Buildings A and B. It features Chapel of the Eucharistic Lord, a 1,585 sqm chapel located on the fifth floor, as well as various shops and restaurants. It can also be rented out as an event venue.

Building C[edit]

Building C is a more recent addition to SM Megamall. Formerly Building A's open-parking facility, it is located near EDSA to the west of Building A and was opened on October 11, 2011. Office space is located on the upper levels of the carpark. It also houses an integrated bus terminal serving the north of Metro Manila including CAMANAVA, Quezon City and further to Bulacan and Rizal. The building also contains a transport terminal and the 1,300-square-metre (14,000 sq ft) DFA CO NCR-East, the first passport office of the Department of Foreign Affairs in Metro Manila which opened in August 2012.[6]

Mega Fashion Hall (Mega D)[edit]

The Mega Fashion Hall

The Mega Fashion Hall is the latest expansion of SM Megamall. Featuring a two-level basement parking and a five-level mall with 86,000 m2 (930,000 sq ft) of retail, it houses several global clothing retailers including the three-level H&M store and the three-level Uniqlo which extends to the two uppermost levels of Building B. Aside from clothing stores, the expansion includes dining establishments, houseware stores, service shops, and a Bingo area on the fifth level. The Mega Fashion Hall also houses an IMAX Digital theater (which is also the eighth IMAX cinema in the country), a 56-seat Director's Club Cinema with butler service, an Olympic-sized ice skating rink (replacing the one removed in 2009 from the lower-ground level of Building A), an upscale food court (Mega Food Hall), and a 14-lane bowling center (replacing the one occupied by Toy Kingdom).

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 country.

With the opening of the Mega Fashion Hall (Building D), the current gross leasable area is 500,000 m2 (5,400,000 sq ft), allowing the mall to reclaim the title of the largest mall in the Philippines.[7]

The addition of the Mega Fashion Hall building added 125 new retail stores, 90% of which are global brands and 10% of which are local retailers.[8]

Office Tower[edit]

A 50-storey 249.7 m (819 ft) office tower,[9] named The Mega Tower, will be built next to the Mega Fashion Hall formerly occupied as an open carpark. The S-shaped tower will be directly connected to the Mega Fashion Hall and will feature three levels of basement parking and multilevel parking. It will have a leasable area of 124,200 m2 (1,337,000 sq ft).[10]

Arquitectonica is the firm responsible for the architectural design[11] while Aurecon is the structural engineer for the building project.[10]

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • May 21, 2000: A bomb exploded inside a restroom at Cinema 6 of the mall's movie theater located on the third floor. One person was killed and dozens injured. Two of the victims sustained very serious injuries.[12]
  • January 26, 2013: A holdup and shootout occurred when the Martilyo Gang, a local criminal group specializing in robbing stores by smashing and stealing valuables using hammers, robbed a jewelry store in the department store on the first floor.[13]
  • May 5, 2013: An explosion briefly caused panic at the foodcourt at Building A, with at least one reported hurt in a stampede before shoppers were able to calm down after learning the sounds were not gunshots. A siomai steamer was short-circuited and caused people to file out at around 7:25 PM [14]
  • June 29, 2018: A fire hit the SM Mega Tower under construction near SM Mega Fashion Hall at around 7:30 PM. It was declared "fire out" at around 6 hours later, at 1:30 AM on the next day. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) had announced in a tweet at 8:16 PM on Thursday that the blaze had already reached the third alarm. This meant that up to nine fire trucks should be deployed.[15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "15 Biggest Malls in the World". Insider Monkey. Archived from the original on 2 December 2015. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Megamall". Malls. SM Prime Holdings, Inc. Archived from the original on 2007-01-21. Retrieved 2007-02-15.
  3. ^ Tantuco, Vernise (27 November 2015). "Touring the new SM Seaside City Cebu, PH 3rd biggest mall". Rappler. Archived from the original on 2 March 2016. Retrieved 25 February 2016. SM said that the largest mall is SM Megamall at 474,000 m2 (5,100,000 sq ft), followed by SM North EDSA at 470,000 square meters.
  4. ^ "SM Prime expanding Megamall for P1.5b". Manila Standard Today. May 2, 2011. Retrieved 23 August 2011.
  5. ^ Charm, Neil. "Service robots coming soon to malls as SM ties up with Cal-Comp | BusinessWorld". www.bworldonline.com. Archived from the original on 2018-11-11. Retrieved 2018-11-11.
  6. ^ Reyes, Fat (2 September 2012). "DFA opens new consular office at SM Megamall". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Archived from the original on 24 March 2019. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  7. ^ "SM Megamall now PH's largest mall". Inquirer Business. Archived from the original on February 3, 2014. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  8. ^ "SM Megamall is Once Again the Largest Mall in the Philippines". Pinoymalls. Archived from the original on 2014-08-08. Retrieved 2014-08-08.
  9. ^ "Upcoming Skyscrapers in Southeast Asia". Southeast Asia Building: 53. May–June 2018. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  10. ^ a b "SM Prime Holdings appoints Aurecon as designer of SM Megamall Towers". The Edge Markets. Archived from the original on January 19, 2016. Retrieved March 3, 2016.
  11. ^ "Architects of ideas". Pacific Rim Construction. 29 August 2017. Archived from the original on 19 August 2019. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  12. ^ "Blast hits Megamall; 1 killed, 17 wounded". THE PHILIPPINE STAR. May 22, 2000. Archived from the original on December 16, 2017. Retrieved Dec 16, 2017.
  13. ^ Tricia Aquino (January 26, 2013). "Netizens capture mayhem in Megamall". TV5. Archived from the original on February 2, 2014. Retrieved 2013-01-26.
  14. ^ "Malfunctioning siomai steamer sends Megamall shoppers fleeing in panic, 1 hurt". GMA News Online.
  15. ^ "Fire hits building under construction at SM Megamall". Rappler. Archived from the original on 2019-09-01. Retrieved 2019-09-01.

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Preceded by
SM City Sta. Mesa
3rd SM Supermall
1991
Succeeded by
SM City Cebu