SM Megamall

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SM Megamall
SM Megamall logo
The Megamall at Ortigas Center Manila.jpg
SM Megamall in 2014
Location Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) corner Doña Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center, Wack-Wack Greenhills, Mandaluyong, Philippines
Opening date June 28, 1991
Developer SM Prime Holdings
Management SM Prime Holdings
Owner Henry Sy
Architect Arquitectonica
No. of stores and services 500 shops including 280 dining outlets
No. of anchor tenants 18
Total retail floor area 474,000 m2 (5,100,000 sq ft) (2015)[1]
No. of floors 5 (+ 1 basement level)
Parking 4,200+
Public transit access Metro Rail Transit: MRT-3 via Ortigas Station and Shaw Boulevard Station
Website SM Megamall

SM Megamall is a shopping mall located in the Ortigas business district of Metro Manila, Philippines. It is currently the second largest SM Supermall. The mall was developed and is operated by SM Prime Holdings.[2] The mall complex comprises two buildings connected by a bridge, and occupies a land area of approximately 10 hectares, with a total floor area of 474,000 square metres (5,100,000 sq ft),[3] making it the second largest shopping mall in the country and the fourth in the world. The mall has a maximum capacity of 4 million people.[4]

History[edit]

The 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, it was ranked third largest in the country by floor area, measuring 331,679 square meters 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 five years later in 2014) as well as one of the first trade halls in the country.

Buildings[edit]

The Mega Atrium.

Main Mall[edit]

The mall has two main buildings. Building A features the SM Cinemas, Food Court, Toy Kingdom and other anchor tenants. Building B features the SM Department Store (now known as The SM Store), Cyberzone, and other anchor tenants, and has been expanded with the Mega Fashion Hall, which opened in January 2014. The SM Supermarket is featured on both buildings. The Bridgeway connecting the two main buildings of the mall contains several eateries. This section of the mall was completed in 2009.

Mega Atrium[edit]

The 16,000 m2 Mega Atrium is an addition to the existing two buildings. The Atrium bridges the gap between Buildings A and B, and was completed in 2008. The Atrium features various shops and restaurants, and can also be rented out as an event venue.

Building C[edit]

Building C is a more recent addition to SM Megamall, opening on October 11, 2011. Located near EDSA to the west of Building A, it was formerly the Building A parking facility. Office space is located on the upper levels of the carpark, which 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 offices for the Department of Foreign Affairs.

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, it houses several global clothing retailers, including the 3-level H&M store, as well as a 3-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 5th level. The Mega Fashion Hall also houses an IMAX theater, a 56-seat Director's Club Cinemas 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.

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, allowing the mall to reclaim the title of the largest mall in the Philippines.[5]

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.[6]

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • May 21, 2000: A bomb exploded at 4:30 pm inside the ladies' room of Cinema 6 on the third floor of the mall, killing one person and injuring dozens. Two of the victims sustained very serious injuries.[7]
  • 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.[8]
  • February 14, 2016: A female person was found dead on the ground floor in the mall's Building B. It was said that she committed suicide because of an unrequited love, but news has not been confirmed.[9]
  • October 24, 2016: Another female person was found dead on the same floor of the same building. It was said that she was jumped from the fourth floor of the mall and it was a suicide. She was rushed to the Medical City but was declared dead on 10:45 am.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "15 Biggest Malls in the World". Insider Monkey. 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. Retrieved 25 February 2016. SM said that the largest mall is SM Megamall at 474,000 square meters, 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. ^ "SM Megamall now PH's largest mall". Inquirer Business. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  6. ^ "SM Megamall is Once Again the Largest Mall in the Philippines". Pinoymalls. 
  7. ^ "MEGAMALL CINEMA BOMBED, 1 DEAD". PHILIPPINE HEADLINE NEWS ONLINE. May 21, 2000. Retrieved April 13, 2016. 
  8. ^ Tricia Aquino (January 26, 2013). "Netizens capture mayhem in Megamall". TV5. Retrieved 2013-01-26. 
  9. ^ "SM issues statement on alleged suicide at Megamall". Inquirer.net. Retrieved 18 August 2016. 
  10. ^ "Teen falls to her death in Mandaluyong mall". philstar.com. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 

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Preceded by
SM City Sta. 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