SM City Marikina
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|SM City Marikina|
"We've got it all for you!"
"The Future of Shopping Begins Now"
|Mall facts and statistics|
|Location||Riverbanks Center, Marcos Highway (Radial Road-6/R6), Brgy. Calumpang, Marikina City, Philippines|
|Opening date||September 5, 2008|
|Developer||SM Prime Holdings and BF Construction Corporation|
|Management||SM Prime Holdings|
|Owner||Henry Sy, Sr.|
|No. of stores|
|No. of anchor tenants||12|
|Total retail floor area||124,877.85|
|Parking||2,000+ cars (outdoor parking and indoor basement carparks)|
|No. of floors||5 floors (3 upper floors as the Mall and 2 lower floors as the carparks)|
|Website||SM City Marikina|
SM City Marikina is a shopping mall owned and managed by SM Prime Holdings. SM Supermalls is owned by Henry Sy, Sr.. The mall was designed by EDGE Interior Design Pty. Ltd., a design consultant based in Australia, together with SM City Marikina’s design team includes Jose Siao Ling and Associates (architects), D.A. Abcede and Associates (project managers), and BF Construction Corporation, the general contractors of the mall. SM City Marikina is a part of SM's 50th Anniversary and it was the first SM mall to open on 2008.
It is the 31st SM Supermall built in the Philippines, 14th latest SM Mall built within Metro Manila, and 3rd among other SM malls opened in the eastern region of Metropolitan Manila, after SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City and SM Supercenter Pasig in Pasig City (excluding nearby SM City Taytay in Rizal Province). SM City Marikina is considered as one of the most beautiful and modern design mall in the Philippines.
SM City Marikina is a strategically located beside the current rehabilitation and development of Marikina River and Marikina Riverbanks Center, and situated along Marcos Highway (Radial Road-6/R6), Barangay Calumpang, Marikina City. It has a total of 60,000 square meter land area and a total of 124,877.85 square meter gross floor area. Currently, SM City Marikina is one of the largest mall in Metro Manila and the 2nd largest mall in eastern region of Metro Manila in terms of land and its floor areas aligning the GFA of near malls Sta. Lucia East Grandmall (largest), Robinsons Place Metro East and Riverbanks Centermall, all situated in Marcos Highway, in Marikina City. In the future, it was set to become the 6th largest SM mall in the Philippines when the proposed Annex building will be completed.
SM City Marikina was opened to public on September 5, 2008, with opening ceremonies and ribbon cutting headed by MMDA Chairman Bayani Fernando, Marikina City Mayor Marides Fernando and among other city officials. Together with the owner of SM Prime Holdings Henry Sy; SM Prime Holdings President Hans T. Sy and SM Supermarket President Herbert T. Sy, and the delegates, celebrity guests, and shop managers and owners. The mall was blessed by Antipolo Bishop Gabriel Reyes. The inauguration underscored the long relationship between SM, founded by Henry Sy Sr. as a shoe store (Shoemart) in 1958, and the shoe city of Marikina. On its grand opening day, the people arrived at the Mall was reached to 100,000.
The mall began its plans in 2006 when Henry Sy bought an estimated 120,000 square meter lot that was owned by Bayani Fernando which was supposedly to become a carnival/amusement park called Fun Pamilya. Construction began on early 2006. SM Prime Holdings and BF Construction Corporation are the developers of the mall.
BF Corporation's role is to build some of the ground-breaking constructions, they constructed the building and applied 73-strong vertical tubes which will enable the mall to support the upper levels (Basement 1 to 3rd Floor) from its ground area (Basement 2). Also, they are responsible for the construction of new bridges (branching towards Marcos Highway) surrounding the establishment. The mall's main entrance is located at the 3rd level (1st Floor of the mall) to par with Marcos Highway's high elevation, SM Marikina is also considered as the only SM mall in the Philippines having the main entrance located on the 3rd level of the establishment.
SM City Marikina opened its doors to the public on September 5, 2008. It is the 31st SM Supermall built in the Philippines, 14th latest SM Mall built within Metro Manila, and 3rd among other SM malls opened in the eastern region of Metropolitan Manila, after SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City and SM Supercenter Pasig in Pasig City (excluding nearby SM City Taytay in Rizal Province).
SM Prime Holdings and BF Construction Corporation have a master plan to build an Annex building, located at the back of the mall which will extend from its main building. The construction will begin early 2009. It is envisioned to become one of the largest malls in Metro Manila in terms of land and floor area when its completed.
 Strategic Location
SM City Marikina is strategically located beside the Marikina River and Marikina Riverbanks Center and situated along Marcos Highway, Barangay Calumpang, Marikina City. The location of the mall is very accessible because major transportation runs through Marcos Highway, such as the LRT-2 via Santolan Station. There are also specialized bridges branching out to and from Marcos Highway bridge which all vehicles from Antipolo City going to Quezon City can directly access the Mall. It also has an interchange beneath the Marcos Highway bridge, providing all vehicles to easily access the different points in Metro Manila, particularly for those en route to NAIA, Makati City, Ortigas Center, and Eastwood City.
SM City Marikina is also near to a lot of residential areas, making it easier for the people to visit the establishment without much expense for transportation.
 Mall Features
SM City Marikina's main building (The Mall) is one of the largest building structure in Marikina City. The Mall has a little similarity to SM Mall of Asia because of its modern interior and exterior designs and structures. The Mall was also called as "Mall of Marikina" especially for nearby residences.
The mall features a 5-level building (3 upper floors will function as the mall area and 2 lower floors will serve as the indoor parking lots). It has a grand entrance, high ceilings and interplay of glass and steel, with modern Asian touches. Interiors have spacious areas with multicolored lighted ceilings with circle accents.
It has more than a thousand parking slots including provisions for motorcycle parking, a jeepney terminal for commuters, a 4-meter wide pedestrian overpass to and from the main mall area to the LRT Santolan Station and another 2.40-meter-wide overpass to the Bus Bay 2 area ensure the safety and convenience for the shoppers. It is also eco-friendly, where a leisurely walk to and from the riverside is encouraged through an interlinked walkway, accessible even to the physically challenged.
 Inside the Mall
All top homegrown and international brands, including fashion boutiques, home stores, entertainment, shoe stores, bookstores, novelty stores, wellness, spa, health and service shops, local and international fast-food chains, dining and specialty restaurants are offers inside the mall. The following are the major and junior anchors located on each floor:
 3rd Floor
- SM Cinema (Movietime)
Located on the 3rd floor. A total of 8 cinemas with a total seating capacity of 3,348, all of which are installed with Dolby Digital Surround Sound System. Including 4 Digital cinemas, each with a seating capacity of 477 seats, and 4 Analog cinemas, each with a seating capacity of 360. Ticket booths are located on each wing. Cinemas 1 to 4 are situated at the west wing (near the Events Center) while Cinemas 5 to 8 are situated at the east wing (near Food Court).
- SM Department Store
Upper level of the SM Department Store. The Children's section, toys, home decor, kitchen appliances and furniture are found in this level.
- SM Homeworld
Located inside at the SM Department Store were you can find a different home furnitures and appliance items exclusively on this area.
Located inside at the SM Department Store were you can find a different gadgets, hi-tech and electronic toy items exclusively on this area.
- SM Food Court
Located at the east wing. Some notable food establishments are found here.
- SM Events Center
Located at the west wing. The Events Center is an extended entertainment hall from the first floor. Generally, it can be used to hold minor events: Mini-concert, promo tours, album launch etc.
- Quantum Entertainment Center
Located near the Events Center. An amusement center which includes arcade games, karaoke booths and the like.
 2nd Floor
- SM Department Store
Lower level of SM Department Store. Fashion items, accessories, cosmetics and other lifestyle items are displayed here. 2-floor department store occupies 18,500 square meter, it considered as one of the biggest department store inside SM mall in the Philippines.
- SM Appliance Center
Home and electronic appliances are available here.
- ACE Hardware
Hardware and home utility items are available here.
Found in the West Wing. A pharmacy which also caters exclusively cosmetic and beauty products.
- Surplus Shop
Located near the overlooking area of the west wing. Items usually priced at lower costs are sold here, mostly clothings.
 1st Floor
Numerous fastfoods chains (McDonald's, Chowking, Jollibee etc.), restaurants (Pancake House, Pizza Hut, Max's etc.), fine dining (Burgoo etc.), coffee shops (Starbucks, Figaro etc.) and local and international fast-food chains and specialty restaurants are located along this floor.
- SM City Marikina Main Entrance
The main entrance and exit for walk-ins is located at the first floor (3rd level) along Marcos Highway.
- SM Entertainment Plaza (Center Stage)
Used for major events like promo tours, album launch, fashion shows, concerts etc. Gathering a large number of people to watch these events.
- Main Lobby
In front of the main entrance. Originally situated with a fountain area, but as of now, the mall decides not to install a fountain area just across the main entrance to give a lobby area more spacious and convenient for people.
- SM Supermarket
A 25-counter supermarket occupies 10,000 square meter, found right across the lobby area from the main entrance. It is also considered as a hypermarket because since it also caters other items such as food stalls, wines, a pharmacy and an appliance center.
- SM Cyberzone Plaza
Located at the far end of the west wing with an area of 2,600 square meter. All shops found here specializes in computers, mobile phones and other computer-related items. A haven for the gadget-crazy and techie lovers.
 Basement 1
The upper level of the indoor parking lot. It is also considered as the basement level of the mall, although there are also some establishments available here. Transport terminals for commuters (jeepneys, FX and cabs) are also found here.
 Basement 2
The lower level of indoor parking lot and accommodates over a thousand vehicles to park including a provisions for motorcycle parking.
 Anchors, Sections and Shops
 Major Mall Anchors
- SM Cinema Movietime (8 Cinemas)
- SM Department Stores
- SM Supermarket
- SM Appliance Center
 Mall Sections
- SM Cyberzone Plaza
- SM Foodcourt
- SM Entertainment Plaza (Centerstage)
- SM Event Center
- SM Homeworld (SM Department Store)
- I-Zone (SM Department Store)
 Junior Anchors
- ACE Hardware
- National Bookstore
- Quantum Amusement
- Sports Central
- Store Specialist
- Surplus Shop
- Toy Kingdom
 Major Shops and Establishments
- CD-R King
- Globe Telecom
- Mercury Drug
 Proposed Plan
SM Prime Holdings and BF Construction Corporation have a proposed plan of building an Annex of SM City Marikina. The location is set at the extension back of the main building. It is currently under major planning and discussing, and it is not clear when the schedule of construction sat to begun. The proposed Annex sections including another Foodcourt and Supermarket sections, additional 4 cinemas, Storyland, Worlds of Fun, Our Home, Factory Sale Outlet and Bowling Center, and other shops and establishments. The proposal is not yet finalized and it is currently on-going planning.
The mall is set to become the 6th largest SM mall in the Philippines when its completed, next to SM Mall of Asia, SM City North EDSA, SM Megamall, SM City Cebu, and SM City Fairview, and surpassing fellow shopping malls including SM Southmall, SM City Iloilo, SM City Pampanga, SM City Sucat, SM City Bicutan, SM City Baguio and among others.
 See also
- Marikina City
- SM Megamall
- SM Mall of Asia
- SM City Fairview
- SM Supercenter Pasig
- SM City North EDSA
- SM City Taytay
- SM Prime Holdings