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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.. 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. Currently, the center gap of the mall is currently under expansion and is set to open by October 2008.

History

The mall was constructed in 1989 and was opened 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 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 2nd in the country and sixth 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.

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.

Expansion Plans

Currently, The 16,000 square meter Megamall Atrium is an addition to the existing 2 buildings. The Atrium will fully bridge the gap between Building 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.

Anchors

SM Supermarket

The 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 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 ultimate movie experience is found in SM Megamall, A 12-theatre house in Megamall in mainly located in the 3rd floor of Building A.

SM Ice Skating Rink

The very first ice skating rink in the country can be found in this mall. 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 Megatrade Hall

One of the first trade exhibits opened for convention show and functions. It is located at the very top floor of Building B.

Toy Kingdom

The amazing toy shopping experience can be found in Megamall. Toy Kingdom at SM Megamall is the first and flagship branch. The branch was renovated and expanded to make it a bigger and better toy store. The features surprising anchors like the new I-Zone (Interactive Zone) and I-Zap (Internet Zap) and other featured anchors. It is located at the Upper Ground Floor of Building A.

Cyber Zone

A large cybershop which is open for buying technological gizmos and gadgets. It is located at the 4th floor of Building B.

Other Anchors

SM Appliance Center

Cinderella

Ace Hardware

Our Home

National Bookstore

Surplus Shop

Watsons

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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