Wednesday August 15, 2018

Food medley

THE appeal of food markets has always been the convenience of being surrounded with plenty of food choices, something Sugbo Mercado—since its inception—has been known for. This time, the team behind the brand introduced its newest venture called The Market by Sugbo Mercado, reaching its audience in the Mandaue area.

“We thought it best to set up next in the ever burgeoning city of Mandaue. This location would make it more convenient for consumers in Mandaue and other areas up North to enjoy what the Sugbo Mercado brand has to offer,” said the brand’s marketing and communications director Michael Karlo Lim.

This latest two-level food park makes use of container vans stacked together, introducing to the city a new hangout, and along with it, a new concept. Add in the creative touches, the place gives an artsy-industrial vibe with each stall creatively spruced up, with a lego-brick look, as Lim described it. “The stacked units can also be complemented by other structures to complete a cohesive building structure as we have done here to include a large, airy, high-roofed dining space,” he said. “We wanted to provide spaces that are both easier to secure, more weatherproof and can be easily modified to suit the vendors’ operational needs and brand design aesthetics.”

Local and international dishes are provided by The Market’s mix of Sugbo Mercado’s anchor tenants and some new ones to check out. In fact, in the works is a coffee shop and co-working space to be put up on the second level.

More than reaching those located in Mandaue, opening The Market aids the team in meeting its goal of opening a food market in key cities along with the advocacy of incubating startup brands, which eventually could lead to them opening their own brick-and-mortar store.

The Market by Sugbo Mercado is located on Mantawi Drive, beside MO2, and open from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. from Tuesday to Sunday.