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SM City Bacolod
SM City Bacolod PyroMagic 2007.jpg
Mall facade
LocationRizal Street, Reclamation Area, Bacolod, Negros Occidental, Philippines
Coordinates10°40′20″N 122°56′39″E / 10.6722°N 122.9443°E / 10.6722; 122.9443
Opening dateMarch 1, 2007
DeveloperSM Prime Holdings
ManagementSM Prime Holdings
No. of stores and services300+
No. of anchor tenants8 (including 6 junior anchors)
Total retail floor area133,894 m2 (1,441,220 sq ft)[1][2]
No. of floors
  • Main Mall: 5
  • The Annex: 4
  • Northwing Expansion: 4
ParkingSurrounding lots around the complex
WebsiteSM City Bacolod
Coordinate locations: [1]

SM City Bacolod is a supermall located along Rizal Street, Reclamation Area, Bacolod, Negros Occidental, Philippines. SM City Bacolod is the 29th supermall of SM Prime Holdings, the 1st SM supermall in Negros Island Region and the 3rd in the Visayas. It opened on March 1, 2007 and currently has a total land area of 161,096.60 square metres (1,734,029.4 sq ft) and a total floor area of 133,894 square metres (1,441,220 sq ft).[1][2][3] SM City Bacolod is currently undergoing renovation and expansion that will be completed in phases. The first phase was completed in 2013, while the second phase was finished in October 2014.

Before expansion

SM City Bacolod in 2007
SM City Bacolod in 2007

Originally, SM City Bacolod was composed of two one story wings (the North and the South). The mall size was 71,759 km2 (27,706 sq mi) before any further expansions.[4]

Each wing had one major hallway that fit all its stores at the time. Each side of the wing had two escalators that lead up to the bridges that connect the entire mall.

The main food court was initially located in the South Wing before the second expansion in 2014.[5]

Mall features

Inside SM City Bacolod
Inside SM City Bacolod

SM City Bacolod mall is divided into two buildings called the "North Wing" and the "South Wing". The two buildings are connected by two bridge ways that allow patrons to walk between the two structures.

Every entrance of the mall is guarded by a security guard. Some entrances have guards that carry a sensor to detect a firearm or another unwanted item inside the mall. Remaining entrances have a security guard present with a screening sensor a customer must walk through.[6]

Transportation

The mall is very accessible by means of Jeep, tricycle and "padyak" or "pedicab" (pedicab is a bicycle with attached side car, much like a tricycle, though they are a silent version, and uses human pedal power to transport passengers.)

North Wing

The "North Wing" section of SM City Bacolod was the main focus of the recent renovation in 2016.[4]

Its expansion allowed for a "U-shaped" hallway to take place where the main entrance is located at the bottom of the letter.

The main entrance from the north side of the wing includes restaurants and cafes, such as Krispy Kreme, BreadTalk, and Giligan's, for customers to dine in.[7]

Much of the city's festivities and holidays are centered at this section of the mall.

For Christmas 2017, the mall incorporated a giant Christmas tree and various decorations to celebrate the holiday.[8]

During January 2018, this main entrance had an event, dubbed "Celebrations", for local businesses to offer their services to customers.[9]

1st floor

The first floor of the "North Wing" is mostly composed of restaurants in its outer border. Restaurants can be located throughout the wing and to the connecting bridges. Most restaurants allow for indoor and outdoor entrance by customers of SM City Bacolod.

The main department store (The SM Store) is also located in the northeast sector of the North Wing.[7] Its area coverage is found throughout the first and second floor of the mall.

More stores are located near the bridge escalators. Many of the stores that functioned before the expansion are still present in the wing.

2nd floor

The second floor of the North Wing includes many clothing and technology companies. The outer section includes many clothing stores such as Nike, The North Face, and Columbia Sportswear.

The center of the second floor includes the "SM CyberZone" and the mall's main food court.

Gadgets for phones and computers can be purchased at the "SM CyberZone" where local and global businesses such as Samsung, Lenovo, and Apple, are selling these devices.[10]

The mall's food court is lined up with competitors (Sbarro, Four Seasons, and Kamay Kainan, and more) to feed hungry customers. The seating allows for customers to view the remaining floors of the "North Wing".[5]

This floor allows for direct access to the bridges that lead customers to the "South Wing".

3rd floor

The third floor is mostly to fashion salons and stores. There are some cafes and small restaurants scattered throughout as well.

Arcades

Arcades are also located in this floor of the mall. World of Fun and Quantum offer people of all ages to play games and win prizes here. Students often attend these places after school or during the weekend.

SMX Convention Center Bacolod
SMX Convention Center Bacolod
SMX Convention Center Bacolod

With an area of 8,218 square metres, SMX Bacolod is located on the third floor of the Annex Building.[11] SMX Bacolod offers 3 function rooms and 6 meeting rooms, totaling 4,269 square meters of leasable space that can accommodate anything from an audience of 5,000 to an exclusive conference for 10.

SMX Convention Center Bacolod had its soft-opening on October 16, 2014 and its grand opening on November 23, 2014.

SMX Bacolod hosted an APEC meeting last April 29–30, 2015, with its theme "Disaster Risk Finance – APEC Roadmap for Resilient Economies."[12]

South Wing

The "South Wing" has yet to be renovated or expanded. There is one main floor in this wing along with a second level to the entrance of the connecting bridges.

Like the "North Wing", there are restaurants found on the outer section of the wing (Jollibee, KFC, and many more).[7]

Many home goods are bought in this wing due to stores such as Ace Hardware and The SM Appliance Store being present.[7]

SM Cinemas

The SM Cinemas movie theatre is located on the southeast sector of the "South Wing".[7]

There is a total of four watchable theatres in this area. A food concessions stand is located right next to the ticket booth as well.

Many films, including international movies, are premiered here due to the lack of stand-alone movie theatres in Bacolod City.

SM Supermarket

The SM Supermarket entrance is found in the south sector of the wing. There is another entrance located on the south side of the mall where most customers park (that are only going to the SM Supermarket).

Canned, fresh, imported, and local food are sold in bulk at this market. Customers can also buy any items that aid in cooking or home cleaning.[13]

Many food stands are located right by the cashier section. Some of the food stand selection include Potato Corner and Zagu.

SM Supermarket also offers services to hold personal belongings or bought goods for customers at the inner entrance of the store.

Connecting Bridges

There are two indoor bridges that allow for customers to explore the "North Wing" and the "South Wing" without being affected by weather conditions. The bridges are sealed with large glass windows to offer the view of Rizal Street as well as the Guimaras Strait.

These bridges have numerous shops that sell sunglasses, watches, and accessories for customers. Also found on these bridges are salons, spa, and a barbershop (Jems Barber).[14]

Entrance from Rizal Street is offered to reach up to the connecting bridges. There is a singular staircase located halfway through each bridge.

Expansion

Plans bared by SM Prime Holdings will see a P2.5 billion three-storey expansion plan on both the North and South wings while the existing mall structure will be extended to two-storeys.[15]

The expansion will accommodate 150 more store tenants which is set to be completed in phases (some have already been opened).[16][17][18]

A new hotel named, Park Inn by Radisson Bacolod is also being constructed in SM City Mall. The hotel is planning to furnish 153 guest rooms, all connected to free Wi-Fi. This addition is planned to open in the third quarter of 2020.[19]

Location

SM City Bacolod is located in the urban area of Bacolod City.

From the connecting bridges of the two wings, one can see the Guimaras Strait (West) and the San Sebastian Cathedral (East).[4]

The BREDCO port of Bacolod City is a minute (1 kilometer) away from SM City Bacolod.[20]

Hotels near this mall include L'Fisher Hotel, Avenue Suites, Bacolod Business Inn, and others.

Transportation

To arrive to SM City Bacolod, many customers take a taxi, a Jeepney, a tricycle, or a bus. The main drop off's for most vehicles are found in the "North Wing" entrance, the entrances by the bridges, and the "South Wing" entrance.

Mall culture

There are more malls found in the Philippines than parks. The cultural nature of Filipinos have influenced such events to take place at malls like SM. Due to the extremely hot temperatures in Southeast Asia, malls are a place where many Filipinos flock and take shelter from the heat. The malls offer a place for Filipinos to escape from their everyday work/school life.[21]

See also

References

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  2. ^ a b "President's Report 15 April 2014" (PDF). SM Prime Holdings. April 15, 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 1, 2014. Retrieved April 29, 2014.
  3. ^ Gomez, Carla (October 16, 2014). "P1.4B expansion at SM opens today". Visayan Daily Star. Retrieved October 16, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c "A bigger and better SM City Bacolod". Inquirer Lifestyle. 2016-12-24. Retrieved 2019-06-24.
  5. ^ a b "The New SM Foodcourt is Now Open at the SM City Bacolod North Wing Expansion". Sigrid Says Blog. 2014-10-17. Retrieved 2019-06-26.
  6. ^ Yap, D. J. "PNP holds Mall Security Summit: Open your bags, please". newsinfo.inquirer.net. Retrieved 2019-06-26.
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  10. ^ "SM Cyberzone: Platform for Tech Breakthroughs | SM Investments Corporation". tk5kxbgzm8.smdtalabs.com. Retrieved 2019-06-26.
  11. ^ "SMX Convention Center". Retrieved 2015-05-22.
  12. ^ Marcelo, Elizabeth (2015-04-28). "APEC to tackle disaster risk financing in Bacolod". GMA News. Retrieved 2015-05-22.
  13. ^ "SM Supermarket at SM City Bacolod now opens at 8am". Bacolod Lifestyle and Travel Guide. 2017-03-20. Retrieved 2019-06-26.
  14. ^ "SM City Bacolod". SM Supermalls. Retrieved 2019-06-24.
  15. ^ Pedrosa, Merlinda A. (2017-01-30). "Sy: 'More SM projects coming to Bacolod'". Sunstar. Retrieved 2019-06-26.
  16. ^ Canet, Carla N. (2012-02-28). "Business: Progreso sang Bacolod exhibit opens at SM". Sun Star Bacolod. Retrieved 2012-03-17.
  17. ^ Dangcalan, Danny (2012-02-28). "Business: SM Investing P2.5B in Bacolod Expansion". Negros Daily Bulletin. Retrieved 2012-03-17.
  18. ^ Samillano, Chrysee (2012-02-28). "SM set for P2.5B expansion". Negros Daily Bulletin. Retrieved 2012-03-17.
  19. ^ Net, Hospitality. "Park Inn By Radisson to Open in Bacolod, the Philippines' "City of Smiles"". Hospitality Net. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  20. ^ "1.0 Km | Distance from Bredco Port Terminals To SM City Bacolod | CityMeter.net". citymeter.net. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  21. ^ Leon, Robert C. de; Rico, Jore-Annie (2017). State of Power (PDF). Transnational Institute. pp. 2–7.
Preceded bySM City Lipa 28th SM Supermall 2007 Succeeded bySM City Taytay