Thursday, May 14, 2009 [ sunstar.com.ph ]
ROSALES -- SM City Rosales will have its grand opening on Friday morning. Expected to grace the event are the SM bigwigs led by SM Prime Holdings president Hans Sy.
SM City Rosales is located along MacArthur Highway in Barangay Carmen East here.
The biggest retail store chain in the country first opened SM Hypermart area of the mall on November last year.
Mayor Ricardo Revita said SM City Rosales changed the family lifestyle of the residents here and those from the neighboring towns.
"On weekends, you can see fathers having drinking session with their friends. Now it's different. You can see families going around SM Hypermart shopping or window-shopping (if they don't have budget). How much more if the whole shopping center is fully operational with cinemas, recreation areas, and other shops they can visit," he stated.
With the presence of SM City Rosales, Revita said the town generates more revenue not only from SM but also from its tenants. Moreover, it gave employment to Pangasinenses.
The mall stands in an approximately 42,000 square meters lot. It has more than 100 tenants composed of the regular SM tenants and others.
It has four deluxe cinemas with a total seating capacity of 2,000, a spacious food court, and a parking facility that can accommodate about 700 vehicles.
Also scheduled on Friday, Revita said, is the blessing and inauguration of the Police Community Precinct located along the national highway. The fund for its construction was generated from the Philippine National Police, the Eastern Pangasinan Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Abono party list group, and SM.
"We want to show to the donors where the financial assistance they gave was used," the mayor said. (LCMY/Sunnex)