GOOD business prospect encouraged the management of the General Santos City-headquartered Koronadal Commercial Corporation (KCC) to open here its newest shopping complex known as KCC Mall de Zamboanga.

Tan Suy Lim, owner of the KCC Mall, issued the statement in an interview at the sideline of the blessing ceremony on Friday citing Zamboanga City has bright business prospects despite the negative perception on the prevailing peace and order situation.

“The problem on peace and order is temporary. Zamboanga City has a (bright) future, this is a good city,” Lim declared. The mall opens on Thursday, December 10.

Lim did not reveal how much they invested but some members of the local business community believed it runs to several millions of pesos.

The mall started construction in 2013, a few months before the 21-day September 2013 siege broke out when hundreds of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) members infiltrated Zamboanga City.

KCC Marketing Head Ivy Orpia said the KCC management decided to move ahead and put their trust in the Zamboangueño market despite the siege which initially scared some of their suppliers and retailers.

“This is our way of serving Zamboanga City,” Orpia said in a statement.

The KCC Mall, which sits in a four-hectare property, features fully air-conditioned mall with the widest array of products and services to serve every segment of the Zamboangueño market.

Orpia said the mall has more than 100 stores featuring food, clothing and other products and services with at least 60 percent to start operations during the opening day on December 10.

Orpia said among the stores to open on December 10 are Jollibee, National Book Store, CD-R King, Japan Home Store, Shakey’s Pizza, Cotton On Apparel and Payless Shoe Store.

She said more stores such as J-Co Donuts, Burger King, and Swiss Gear are expected to open early part of next year.

The complex also has Zamboanga City’s favorite local shops and restaurants inside the mall.

Orpia said the mall also features one of the biggest supermarkets in the country with 100 check-out counters.

She said there are fully air-conditioned fresh market offering the best and the freshest meat, poultry, seafood and vegetable produce.

She said KCC’s department store, touted as the biggest in Mindanao, features the latest brands of clothing, shoes, cosmetics and housewares.

The KCC Mall also boasts of six state-of-the-art cinemas, three of which feature movies in 3D.

The mall also has free underground parking for more than 1,000 vehicles and a separate free parking area for motorcycles in front of the complex at the Centro Pastoral property.

The KCC Mall, the biggest and most complete commercial complex in this city, held its blessing ceremony Friday with around 1,500 guests in attendance.

Archbishop Romulo Dela Cruz spearheaded together with Lim spearheaded the blessing ceremony on Friday of the KCC Mall de Zamboanga.

The invited guests included government officials, notable businessmen, suppliers and retailers not only from this city but to include from several Mindanao areas, military and police officials as members of the local media.

KCC Malls is a chain of shopping malls originated in Koronadal City, South Cotabato. (Bong Garcia)