GOKONGWEI-led Robinsons Galleria Cebu is slated to soft-open in October this year.

The group’s 41st shopping mall is already 75 percent complete, said Robinsons Land Corp. (RLC) president Frederick Go at the sidelines of firm’s tenant conference last Thursday.

The mall is a six-storey commercial building that stands on a 4.7-hectare lot along General Maxilom Ave. in the Cebu City North Reclamation Area. It forms part of the over P6 billion master-planned mixed-use development of the company, which will also erect three residential condominium towers consisting of 841 units and a 200-room Summit Hotel.

Flagship brand

Go disclosed that this project is the biggest so far since the company started building malls 25 years ago. Robinsons Galleria Cebu is the second mall carrying the flagship brand after Robinsons Galleria Manila.

As of Thursday, 85 percent of the malls’s total gross leasable space has been leased out. The mall is targeting 250 tenants.

The mall aims to attract shoppers and tourists from nearby government offices, consulates, churches, hotels, shipping terminals and schools. It is envisioned to thrive as a hub of business activity and cultural exchange.

Robinsons Galleria Cebu is the group’s 41st shopping mall and is the firm’s third shopping center in Cebu. It is dubbed as the country’s first garden mall, as it adopts a green architectural design.

Its anchor tenants include Robinsons Department Store, Robinsons Supermarket, True Value, Robinsons Appliances, Daiso, and Toys R’ Us.

It will also have six cinemas, including two 3D theaters with a total seating capacity of 1,774. Two of these cinemas have been designated as VIP cinemas, each equipped with a wide screen, wide chairs and Atmos surround sound systems.

Recently, the company disclosed it plans to put up seven new shopping centers and expand three existing malls in the next two years.

Go said two new Robinsons malls will open this year and one mall expansion project is in the works.