APART from buying groceries, shopping and dining options have been made availabe at the SM Hypermarket Lapu-Lapu, with the opening of its second level yesterday.
The hypermarket, SM’s third in Cebu, opened last Feb. 26 at the commercial complex of the Mactan Economic Zone (MEZ) II in Basak, Lapu-Lapu City.
“We wanted to reach out to the people of Lapu-Lapu City, which is a very growing community,” said Marissa Fernan, vice president of the SM Prime Holdings Inc.
The newest branch is the first for SM Hypermarket, with over 30 retail spaces that can accommodate restaurants, clothing shops and other facilities offering services or selling dry goods.
Sitting on a 2,000-square-meter lot at Pueblo Verde—a commercial complex owned by AboitizLand Inc.—the hypermarket is a convenient place for MEZ workers, Mactan Island residents and travelers flying in or leaving Cebu from the Mactan Cebu International Airport.
“We really feel that Lapu-Lapu, as a city, is already very bustling and we feel the need to be here,” said Steven Tan, vice president of SM Supermalls.
The other SM Hypermarket branches are located at J Centre Mall and in Barangay Subangdaku, both in Mandaue City.
SM Supermalls manages the retail spaces in the hypermarket.
“This one is a community center. It is a smaller format but it serves the immediate needs of the community around it,” Tan said of the SM Hypermarket Lapu-Lapu.
Outlets that have opened are Watsons, Cebu Lechon Belly, Dunkin Donuts and Ice Castle—all located at the first level.
Shops at the second level include Hollywood Spectacles, Oro China, Mr. Quickie, Avery Integrated Hub lotto outlet, CDR-King, Potato Corner, Cellpod, RC Goldline and Apollo Cellshop.
Also available are bills payment, foreign exchange and money transfer services.
The hypermarket opens at 6 a.m., but the retail stores and restaurants open at 10 a.m. It closes at 9 p.m.
“The opportunity of being able to lease this land inside MEPZ came about so we took the opportunity offered to us by AboitizLand,” said Fernan.