[ Malaya.com.ph ] June 28, 2010
Robinsons Land Corp. (RLC) at the weekend said that it plans to expand its Robinsons Galleria mall in Pasig by almost 100,000 square meters, to bring the total gross leasable area to 196,000 sq.m. This is expected to increase the mall’s tenants to 450 from the current 395.
Full occupancy is expected by next year.
RLC said "loyal patrons and regular shoppers can expect a bigger and more modern shopping mall. "
The redevelopment is expected "to synergize with the changing needs of shoppers and keep up with demand from its growing market."
"The ongoing redevelopment project will further enhance the appeal of our flagship Robinsons Galleria mall which is an integral component of the first mixed-use development in the area" said RLC president Frederick Go, adding that the mall continues to be the most strategically located since it is right at the vibrant intersection of EDSA and Ortigas Avenue.
Go said the project is also meant to meet the growing demands of the market which now includes working moms, employees of business process outsourcing companies, and residents from nearby residential condominiums and subdivisions.
"We are increasing space for retail outlets to make Robinsons Galleria more appealing to those who may want to look for a place to go to after work, and also to accommodate new retail players and formats, " he said.
The bulk of the renovation and expansion work will be at the second level.
Renovation will also result in the creation of the Sports Loop and Jumpstreet, which are retail specialty zones catering to the active individuals and moms with young children.
Also up for improvement will be the mall’s façade, a new tech lounge while more features will be added to improve access for the disabled. Valet parking may also be offered.
The construction work will take a total of six months with the Sports Loop and Jumpstreet expected to be operational by September while the Veranda will be ready to serve customers by December or January next year.
"All these are meant to give Robinsons Galleria a more refreshing and vibrant feel as we position the mall as the premier destination in the area," said Go adding that most of the current retail stores in Galleria have also been renovated based on new standards introduced by the mall management.