Robinsons to build mall in Isabela


Gokongwei-led Robinsons Land Corp. is set to build its 34th mall in the country—a three-story full-service mall in Santiago City, Isabela, which will open for business in September next year.

In a statement, RLC said the construction of Robinsons Place Isabela—which would have a gross leasable area of about 26,200 square meters—would solidify its mall network in northern Philippines. It will be among the five new malls to be opened by RLC in 2013.

The full-service mall will be built on a 4.2-hectare lot in Barangay (village) Mabini and is strategically located along the Maharlika Highway. It will have a gross floor area of 38,725 square meters.

Santiago City is considered the center of commerce and trade in Isabela and home to thousands of business enterprises, as well as numerous banks, educational institutions and manufacturing companies, RLC said.

The city also hosts some of the biggest and highly equipped hospitals in the region. Agriculture was noted as the main source of livelihood, with palay, corn, high-value fruits and vegetables as the primary crops.

The city is the trading station for grains and other agricultural crops coming from Ifugao, Kalinga, Quirino, Nueva Viscaya and other parts of Isabela.

RLC general manager for commercial centers division Arlene Magtibay said Robinsons Place Isabela would house a two-level Robinsons Department Store and a Robinsons Supermarket at the ground level as its anchor tenants. She said the upcoming mall would likewise feature Robinsons Appliance Center and Handyman, as well as an amusement center and four all-digital cinemas with a combined seating capacity of more than 1,000.

Robinsons Place Isabela also promises to host the most popular fashion and specialty shops, quick-service restaurants, casual dining outlets, a food court and service shops.

“With accessibility as a primary design consideration, the development provides for a tricycle terminal, a jeepney terminal and a bus lay-by,” RLC said, adding this would also have parking slots that can accommodate 640 cars and 900 motorcycles.—Doris C. Dumlao

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  • bol pen

    whew..this will cause tremendous traffic along Maharlika Road as a consequence of development.

  • Chris

    Good news!.. one step at a time generating jobs..  we should welcome this activity not belittle it just because it does not generate high paying jobs.. puro nlang reklamo..

    pag BPO naman.. kahit high paying.. reklamo na naman kc daw killing other businesses.. mga EPAL tagal.

  • rockinLeon

    Fine, malls create jobs for thousands of Pino(a)ys but the jobs that are generated  are low-paying and most are contractual jobs. The merchandise sold at these malls are mostly Chinese products and Gokonwei is Chinese. Am I making any sense here?

     What we need are manufacturing jobs. Our GDP is consumer based. These taipans, if they really care about the Philippines, they should be looking at building factories and not building malls for Chinese products.

    • ern

      this is only one investor coming…. do you have a choice? why not welcome them instead.

    • andresa igbac

      ano nga bang manufacturing firms meron ang taipans? ang gokongwei may Robina products (meron pa nga ba yon?) ang SM may Bonus brand but i think it’s also subcontracted, and i don’t know if the Bonus brand is not killing the competition that is supposedly also sold in SM supermarket’s shelves. Anyway wish ko lang is mag go na into manufacturing ang taipans (but please not vices like alcohol and cigarettes) and stop the mushrooming of malls that are killing small businesses. Tapos contractual pa ang mga employees.

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