Two spanking-new malls in San Pablo and Calamba

WITHIN A span of two weeks in October, SM opened two new Supermalls in Laguna, showing the company’s confidence in this historical, scenic and bustling province.

SM City San Pablo and SM City Calamba opened their doors to the public on Oct. 1 and October 15, respectively. These are SM Prime Holdings’ 38th and 39th malls, and the second and third to open in Laguna after SM City Santa Rosa, which opened in 2006.

Huge crowds packed the mall during each of the opening days, with residents eager to enjoy SM’s shopping, leisure and entertainment closer to home.

Strategically located on a 68,945-square-meter property along Marikina Highway, SM City San Pablo serves shoppers in the city as well as travelers to and from Quezon, Bicolandia and Batangas.

Known as the country’s only city with seven lakes, San Pablo has an ideal balance between industrialization and nature. It is not only scenically beautiful, but also positioned for growth with excellent telecommunications, power infrastructures, abundant skilled manpower and tourist destinations.

SM’s second mall in Laguna has two levels and 40,281 sq m of great shopping space. It has two phases to its construction—the first, which opened Oct. 1, has major anchors like SM Department Store and Supermarket, as well as SM mainstays like Watsons, SM Appliance Center, and ACE Hardware; food court with an alfresco dining deck; and shops and restaurants.

The second phase, which will include four cinemas and restaurants, will be housed in a separate building at the rear side of the property. In both areas, retail shops and restaurants are organized and located for excellent visibility and access. SM City San Pablo also has allocated 600 parking spaces for customer convenience.

SM City Calamba, on the other hand, is located on a 55,102-sq-m site in Barangay Real, Calamba City, and will serve customers in Calamba as well as nearby towns like Alaminos, Bay, Calauan and Los Baños in Laguna; and Santo Tomas in Batangas.

The 66,514-sq-m three-level mall ’s modern design, featuring simple, bold forms interlocked together for maximum “curb” appeal, make it an eye-catching landmark in the area. Vivid and whimsical patterns and furnishings provide visual interest around the mall, which is illuminated by skylights that provide abundant lighting to all portions of the mall.

SM City Calamba has over 150 shops, restaurants and service stores, led by its major anchors, SM Department Store and SM Supermarket. SM mainstays like Watsons, SM Appliance Center, ACE Hardware and Cyberzone provide more shopping options, as do boutiques like Folded and Hung, Bench and Shapes.

Eating-out options include SM Food Court, as well as fast-food chains like Jollibee, Mang Inasal and Starbucks. SM Cinema, Tom’s World and Wonderpark provide fun for the whole family; while David’s Salon, Let’s Face It and Bioessence will pamper shoppers.

SM City Calamba’s location—it is beside transport terminals and 50 m away from Calamba crossing—makes the mall accessible to shoppers. For customer convenience, the mall has 335 open parking slots, 993 slots of motorcycle parking, as well as a jeepney terminal with 44 slots and a bus terminal with 18 slots.