SM Megamall was named the Shopping Center of the Year for the large category at the recent 21st Outstanding Filipino Retailers and Shopping Centers of the Year Awards held at the Makati Shangri-La Rizal ballroom.
The 474,000-square-meter shopping center was honored in the large category. It is home to over 1,000 stores and has average foot traffic of 500,00 during weekend. True to its promise of “Endless Shopping, Endless Discoveries”, SM Megamall offers a complete and comprehensive tenant mix.
Widely known to have spearheaded the malling phenomenon in the Philippines, when it opened in 1991, SM Megamall is known to have revolutionized many exciting retail and leisure concepts. Earlier these included the Artwalk and Art Center’s gallery in the mall, which brought art closer to shoppers; the Mega Trade Hall; and an ice-skating rink highlighted the Filipino’s fire on ice by winning many world championships.
In 2008 the Mega Atrium was built, bridging the gap between Mega A and Mega B with exciting restaurants and retail concepts, as well as the Chapel of the Eucharistic Lord.
SM Megamall Building C, which was built in 2011, has the biggest Department of Foreign Affairs satellite branch for passport applications and renewals, BPO locator Convergys, and six levels of parking to serve customers.
More recent, it has become a premier shopping, dining and lifestyle destination with the opening of the Mega Fashion Hall, its game-changing wing in 2014. Known as the home of global flagships, it is the space for big-format high street fashion and lifestyle brands, as well as exciting international dining concepts, including Michelin star restaurants.
The Mega Fashion Hall is also the base of upgraded leisure and entertainment offerings, such as the Olympic-sized ice-skating rink, a fully computerized 14 lane-bowling alley, an Imax and Director’s Club cinema.
SM Megamall continues to grow with the opening of the Mega Tower in 2020, which will include offices, six levels of parking, retail shops, an Edsa driveway and digital art.
As a responsible member of the community, SM Megamall has spearheaded many corporate social-responsibility projects, such as handicap-friendly facilities; and environmental endeavors, like a sewage-treatment plant and the Trash for Crash recycling programs.
The annual search for the Outstanding Filipino Retailers seeks to recognize Filipino retailers who have epitomized the model of a successful retailer in terms of growth and good ethical business practices.
Philippine Retailer’s Association introduced the Shopping Centers of the Year category in 2002, which recognize the Philippines’ world-class shopping centers’ part in promoting the growth and development of the retail industry.