GENERAL SANTOS CITY “The Tuna Capital of The Philippines”— SM Mall in Gensan, The largest mall in Mindanao in General Santos City is opening this first quarter of next year. Targeting the most fastest growing city in Mindanao, the “Tuna Capital of the Philippines” Gensan.
According to Hans T. Sy, president of SM Prime Holdings Inc., The P2.5-billion shopping center were assured by the SM mall would enlarge and saturate the market and the Region. Also said that as a retailer would enlarge the retail sector in the city, citing its experience in Pampanga and Baguio, where SM “brought in the businesses from the nearby areas to the host city.”
As for fears of terrorist bombings that occasionally hit this southern city, Sy told reporters, “If we wait for the peace and order to be ensured, we would not be here now.”
Sy turned over to the city government an additional two lanes for San Miguel Street, which traverses the back portion of the mall, and spans 466 meters long. SM has also installed a P53-million drainage system, which would benefit a section of the city at the side of the SM mall in Lagao district, north of downtown GenSan.
The mall structure, now nearly finished, covers 150,000 square meters, bigger than the two SM malls in Davao City and the one in Cagayan de Oro City.
8,000 personnel are hired, which would help bring additional revenue for this city, which, Mayor Darleen Antonino-Custodio boasted, is the center of economic and financial activities in the region that includes Sarangani, South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and North Cotabato.
Sy also said the SM mall would be designed differently, compared with its first mall in Ecoland, Davao City and in Cagayan de Oro City.
Aside from anchor stores that are common in most SM malls, new stores would be invited to display their products in the new mall. “The common stores would consist of 20 percent of store renters; the new ones 80 percent,” he said.
Sy quote “We would be bringing in the lifestyle of Manila here, with the same price and style,”.