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Farmers Plaza
Farmers Plaza logo
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A view of the Farmers Plaza at the foreground, with the Araneta Coliseum, the Gateway Tower and the Manhattan Gardens complex at the background, from the Araneta Center–Cubao MRT Station (2014)
LocationAraneta City, Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines
Opening date1969
1999, 2014 (Renovation)
DeveloperACI, Inc.
ManagementACI, Inc.
OwnerACI, Inc., Cubao, Quezon City
ArchitectAntonio Sevilla Sindiong
No. of stores and services193 shops and restaurants (excluding shops at the Farmers Plaza Bazaar)
Total retail floor area60,400 m2 (650,000 sq ft)
No. of floors5
Parking100 slots (located along Central Avenue)
Public transit accessMetro interchange 3 Araneta Center–Cubao
Metro interchange Lrtalogo.svg Araneta Center–Cubao
Bus transport Araneta City Bus Port
WebsiteFarmers Plaza

Farmers Plaza is a shopping mall located at the Araneta City in Cubao, Quezon City. Renovated and expanded in 1999 and in 2014, the five-level complex is the first ever commercial condominium in the Philippines, making it one of the oldest commercial buildings in the country.[1] The mall is owned by the ACI, Inc. and offers 60,400 m2 (650,000 sq ft) of retail space, occupied mostly by cheap merchandise and lifestyle outlets.[2]

History

Originally named the "Coliseum Farmers Market and Shopping Center", the mall was constructed in 1967, and opened its doors in 1969. The mall was designed by Filipino architect Antonio Sevilla Sindiong. Sindiong, along with Fernando Hizon Ocampo (Sindiong/Ocampo), were also responsible for the architectural designs of Ali Mall, located along P. Tuazon Boulevard.[3] The mall is hosted with numerous commercial establishments, including the Farmers Market, as one of the original tenants of the building. The market occupied the building's lower ground floor since its opening, until in 1975, where the market was moved to its new site, located across the mall.

The mall was renamed the "New Farmers Plaza Shopping Center" in the 1980s, before being rebuilt in 1988 following a massive fire that destroyed the building, and was renovated in 1999, following the opening of the Araneta Center-Cubao MRT Station, located adjacent to the mall.[4] The mall's name was also simplified moments after, and was named as the "Farmers Plaza". The mall entered another renovation project in 2012, and was completed in 2014, featuring a new and modernized facade and interiors, upgraded facilities and amenities, and enhanced security systems.[5]

Location and Transportation

The mall is directly linked to the Line 3 Araneta Center-Cubao station, and is located along one of Metro Manila’s busiest thoroughfare, EDSA. The mall is also directly connected to the Smart Araneta Coliseum, the Gateway Mall, the Gateway Tower, and the upcoming New Gateway Mall and the Ibis Styles Araneta City. The mall is also located close to the Araneta Center–Cubao LRT Station, the New Frontier Theater, the Manhattan Gardens complex, the Araneta City Cyberpark, the Aurora Tower, the SM Cubao, and Ali Mall. The mall is also used as a terminal for UV Express vehicles.

Features

The mall consists of 5-levels and has 60,400 m2 (650,000 sq ft) of retail spaces, and is occupied by a mix of international and local shops; lifestyle, electronic, and merchandising shops; dining outlets and entertainment facilities. The mall also has 100 outdoor parking slots, and features 193 stores anchored by Wellcome, Handyman, Mercury Drug, Bench, National Book Store, Penshoppe and other shops. The mall also features a Food Court (Food Plaza) and an activity area atrium, where public events, sales and concerts were held, both located at the Lower Ground Floor; and the Farmers Plaza Bazaar, an indoor bazaar, featuring fashion, electronics, and food stores, located at the 4th floor.

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References

  1. ^ "The "Farmers" of Cubao". 18 December 2010.
  2. ^ "Growing up in Cubao, Quezon City: History and Art". 7 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Growing up in Cubao, Quezon City: History and Art". 7 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Rediscovering The Glory Of The Araneta Center". Tatler Philippines. Retrieved 23 July 2020.
  5. ^ "The Araneta Group - ACI, Inc".