NIGHT markets and food parks have been a trend lately in Davao City. This was started by Roxas Night Market. Fast forward today, several food parks and night market destinations led by private organizations are now opening their doors to welcome Dabawenyos and tourists.

This year, homegrown developer Santos Land Development (SLDC) utilized a portion of its 2.7 hectares property in Nova Tierra, Lanang and turned it into a night market dubbed as Plaza Nova.

Launched on Wednesday, January 18, the Plaza Nova now has over 50 tenants offering a wide array of food options and services to customers.

SLDC Business Support Group Head Estela Aguilos shared it is one of its ways to support startups and homegrown entrepreneurs in the city.

“We hope this to be sustained for the next five years. Let’s support our entrepreneurs and this will also, in a way, help bounce back the city’s economy,” she said adding Plaza Nova is targeting residents in the northern part of the city.

SLDC’s executive assistant to the president May Ann Plana, for her part, shared the food park has been designed to give customers a worthwhile experience.

Plaza Nova has a spacious parking area, a covered dining place, designated washing areas, and a toilet. A playground for kids and a dedicated place for tenants selling dry goods will also be available on the property soon.

One of Plaza Nova’s early tenants, Gretchen Bero of Omma’s Kitchen, expressed how excited her whole team to serve customers visiting the night market.

“We are thankful to SLDC for giving entrepreneurs an avenue to introduce and expand our businesses. I am hopeful that all tenants here will have healthy competition, after all, we only have one goal – to serve our customers the best way we can,” Bero shared.

Plaza Nova is located along Santos Avenue (behind Nova Tierra Square, fronting Hotel Elena), Lanang, Davao City. It is open daily from 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.