SM Megamall

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SM Megamall
Mall facts and statistics
Location EDSA, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City, Philippines
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Opening date June 28, 1991
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Developer SM Prime Holdings
Management SM Prime Holdings
Owner Henry Sy
No. of stores
and services
750 shops, 250 restaurants
No. of anchor tenants 18
Total retail floor area 346,788 m² (Blg. A & B + Atrium)
Parking Over 5,000 cars
No. of floors five floors plus a basement level
Website SM Megamall

SM Megamall is a large shopping mall located in the Ortigas business district of Metro Manila, Philippines. It is the third SM Supermall developed and operated by SM Prime Holdings, the largest mall operator in the Philippines owned by Henry Sy Sr.<ref name="SMMegamall">SM Megamall. Malls. SM Prime Holdings, Inc.. Retrieved on 2007-02-15.</ref>. The mall has two buildings interconnected with a bridge. The mall is measured with a land area of approximately 18-hectares and has a total floor area of an estimated 348,000 m², making it the third largest shopping mall in the country and seventh largest shopping mall in the world. SM Megamall is the mall that gave attention to filipinos to make way for the malling experience.<ref>SM Prime Holdings 2007 Annual Report</ref>The mall attracts a daily foot traffic of 500,000 people.

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History

The mall was constructed in 1989 and opened its doors on June 28, 1991, the third SM Supermall ever built by Henry Sy Sr before SM Prime Holdings was publicly listed, after SM City Sta. Mesa and the SM City North EDSA. SM Megamall 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 Metro Rail Transit's Ortigas station. Recently, SM Megamall was the largest mall to date in the country for a 17-year period, but when 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 seventh largest in the world after SM North (which is the 1st in the country and third in the world). It also boasts the first ice skating rink in the country, one of the first trade halls in the country.

The mall is located in close-proximity to several other shopping centers and malls. It is right across the street from another shopping complex, St. Francis Square, which has branches of some shops restaurants also found in SM Megamall. Some of the more notable shopping malls nearby are Robinsons Galleria, Shangri-la Plaza, Starmall, EDSA Central and The Podium; the latter is also owned by SM Megamall's parent company, SM Prime Holdings.

In a study done on the world's largest shopping malls by Eastern Connecticut State University, the mall was ranked seventh among the world's largest shopping malls by "ground level area", and was the third largest mall in the Philippines, below the SM Mall of Asia and SM City North EDSA.<ref name="WLSM1">Pocock, Emil (2007-01-10). World's Largest Shopping Malls. American Studies at Eastern Connecticut State University: Shopping Mall Studies. Eastern Connecticut State University. Retrieved on 2007-02-15.</ref>

Buildings

The mall has two main buildings. Building A features the SM Cinemas, Ice Skating Rink, Bowling Alley, Food Court, Toy Kingdom and other anchor tenants. The Atrium is often rented out for events and in-mall concerts. Building B features the SM Department Store, SM Supermarket and other anchor tenants. The Bridgeway connecting the two main buildings of the mall contains several eateries. While the mall itself closes at a set time (usually 9:00am-10:00pm on ordinary days). The Megastrip portion of the mall is located on the outskirts of the building premises are usually open until midnight, several shops and restaurants can be found in the Megastrip. Currently this portion of the mall is under expansion, slated to complete in mid-2009.

Mega Atrium

The approximate 20,000m2 Megamall Atrium is an addition to the existing 2 buildings. The Atrium will fully bridge the gap between Buildings A & B. It's set to open by October 2008. The Atrium will feature various choices of shops and restaurants in which it will become a center of relaxation.

Design & Interiors

The design of the mall is a very modern concept. Upscale retail shops and restaurants are planned around a circular atrium with an area of 452 sqm. Access to the center is designed to offer an air of drama and surprise. Off the existing bridgeway, the visitor approaches the center through a low ceiling hallway that widens toward the cylindrical skylight. Dynamic non-concentric circles on the floor are achieved with the application of yellow tiles of varied hues. An equally dynamic skylight design matches the non-concentric circles in the floor. The curved patterns ripple out beyond the atrium area on both floors and ceilings to great consistency and harmony to the general look of the center. Interiors were designed by Arquitectonica.

Chapel of the Eucharistic Lord

The deep end of fifth level of the SM Megamall Atrium will be the site of the 1,585 sqm Chapel of the Eucharistic Lord. This grand chapel with a separate adoration chapel has a modern design with the Eucharist as the focal point. This is highlighted in the neo-classical retablo or altar with the crucified Christ at the center, which is in sharp contrast to the modern theme of the rest of the chapel. The color scheme of the area is earth inspired with a neutral palette. Finishes are similar to stones used in the Roman times, which gives the chapel a structurally sound impression with a soft and warm approach. Wood in its natural oil finish is the most common material, which will be used in chapel. It was inaugurated in October 13, 2008.

Anchors

SM Supermarket

The Grocery Store is one of the first anchor tenants in the mall. one-stop grocery store filled with good quality products. SM Supermarket at Megamall is the third branch opened in SM Supermarket Inc.. It is located at the very end of Building B near Surplus Shop and Dunkin Donuts.

SM Department Store

The very foundation and one of the the major anchors inside the mall. The one-stop shopping experience in fashion, footwear and other good quality products can only be found at SM Department Store. It is mainly located at Building B of the mall. The department store attracts more than 150,000 daily foot traffic.

SM Mega Cinemas

The Cinemas in SM Megamall is one the major tenants inside the mall. It's consist of a 12-theatre house mainly located in the 3rd floor of Building A, available for watching International and Local films. It is owned by West Avenue Theatres Corp and renovated by Arquitectonica.

SM Ice Skating Rink

The Ice Skating Rink in Megamall is the very first of its kind in the country. However, it was built with a load-bearing pillar at center ice, thus making it impossible to play a proper hockey game, although various attempts have been made to do so. The Ice Skating Rink is located at the lower ground floor of Building A near the Bowling Alley, Food Court and Surplus Shop.

SM Food Court

The SM Food Court is one of the very first anchor tenants located inside the mall, considered to be the largest food court in all SM Malls. The mall features more than 100 food stalls both local and international. The Food Court is located at the lower ground floor of Building A beside the Ice Skating Rink.

SM Bowling Center

Located at the lower ground floor of Building A, is one of the first bowling centers and one of the first anchors tenants inside the mall. Many people visit the bowling center to have fun.

SM Megatrade Hall

The SM Megatrade Hall is one of the first trade exhibits opened for convention shows and functions. It is located at the very top floor of Building B. The Trade Hall has 3 sections making it possible to make each section to have several events and functions.

Toy Kingdom

The Toy Kingdom in SM Megamall is the largest branch and flagship store, owned by the International Toyworld Inc. It is one of the first tenants inside the mall. Toy Kingdom features a variety of world-class, good quality toys and other gizmos & gadgets which kids would surely like. The branch was renovated and expanded to make it a bigger and better toy store which now features surprising sections like the new I-Zone (Interactive Zone), I-Zap (Internet Zap), an internet cafe and other featured sections. It is located at the Upper Ground Floor of Building A.

Sections

  • Candy Corner
  • Tween Zone
  • Girls at Play
  • Party Kingdom
  • Artist's Circle
  • Games Landia
  • Smart Starters
  • Cuddly Corner
  • Disney
  • I-Zone
  • I-Zap
  • Discovery Zone
  • Active Zone
  • Super Heroes
  • Anime
  • Speed World
  • Rides to Go

Cyberzone

A Technology-related shop open for buying cybernetic gizmos, gadgets and other techno products. It is located at the 4th floor of Building B.

Other Anchors

SM Appliance Center

Located and connected near the SM Department Store in Building B. The SM Appliance Center is a kind of shop where you can buy certain appliance-related products like refrigerators, washing machines, fine electronics and others.

Cinderella

One of the junior anchor tenants inside the mall. Cinderella is shop that focuses on fashion, footwear and several accessories which appears to have similarities to SM Department Store. Cinderella is located at the Upper Ground Floor of Building A.

Ace Hardware

Ace Hardware is one of the junior anchor tenants inside the mall. Ace Hardware is a shop where you can find several hardware-related products like light electronics, batteries and others that are related to home products. It is located at the very end of the lower gorund floor of Building B.

Our Home

Our Home is one of the very first anchor tenants located inside the mall. Our Home is located at the very end of the lower ground floor in Building A. Our Home is a large shop that focuses on furniture and fixtures like tables, ladders, chairs and other products like pillows, curtains and other furniture and fixtures-related products.

National Bookstore

National Bookstore is one of the anchor tenants inside the mall. The National Bookstore is a shop where Books and School Supplies can be found. It is located at the upper ground floor of Building A.

Surplus Shop

Surplus Shop is one of the tenants inside the mall. Surplus Shop has 2 stores. The first is located at the lower ground floor of Building A near the Ice Skating Rink and Food Court and the second at the upper ground floor of Building B near the SM Supermarket.

Watsons

Watsons is consist of the pharmacy store and a convenience store. Watsons has 2 branches which is located at the Upper Ground Floor of Building A near Toy Kingdom and the third floor near the bridge and the Mega Atrium.

Kultura Filipino

Kultura Filipino is one of the tenants inside the mall. Kultura Filipino is a shop that is almost similar to the SM Department Store but is consist of Filipino-related products. Kultura Filipino is located at Building A.

Proposals

IMAX Theater Plan

SM signed a contract with IMAX Corporation to build 2 IMAX Theatres in SM City North EDSA and SM City Cebu. But there are proposals that there will be an IMAX Theatre in SM Megamall. The plan is to have 4 IMAX Theatres in the country and only in SM Supermalls, The 1st in SM Mall of Asia, 2nd in SM City Cebu, 3rd in SM City North EDSA and 4th proposed in SM Megamall.

Incidents and Accidents

Date Results
April 16, 2007 An empty, burning taxi was found in front of the mall's entrance. Apparently the driver was able to escape his taxi before it overheated. Mandaluyong City firefighters extinguished the fire shortly after the blaze started.
May 21, 2000 A bomb exploded in a restroom of the Cinema in Megamall. This caused the modern inspection of bags and security and safety precautions in and around Malls today

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