PHILIPPINES: S Maison introduces unique dining and retail concepts

PHILIPPINES: S Maison introduces unique dining and retail concepts

Pasay City, Philippines, 2017-Jun-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — SM Supermalls’ 62nd mall, S Maison, has taken malling to a level that brings with it Epicurean dining and high fashion retail brands.

S Maison has introduced unique dining and retail concepts and is soon to launch more in the coming months to further excite travelers both local and foreign. Its ultimate tenant mix of 43% food and 57% retail and services ensures a taste of luxury and diversity.

With 90% of the mall leased, Steven Tan, Senior Vice President for SM Supermalls said that S Maison will soon welcome new dining brands such as Sarabeth’s of New York, a brunch spot frequented by Hollywood stars; Singapore casual bistro and café Olivia and Co. and something from home, SiamAroi, a sought after hole-in-the wall restaurant run by a Thai husband and wife tandem that serves authentic Thai cuisine which has its roots in Makati.

This joins the interesting mix of dining and cafe concepts already at the mall such as Chibo, Osaka’s most popular okonomiyaki brand; Mazendo, which serves authentic Taiwan style beef noodles; Singapore’s Paradise Dynasty which offers various flavors of xiao long bao, including the famous truffle and foie gras versions; Bijin Nabe by Tsukada Nojo which serves a special collagen hotpot; Starbucks Reserve, the first outlet that offers the Experience Bar or exotic coffee variants brewed according to the customer’s preference and Recession Coffee where you can dictate the price of a cup of coffee.

“SM Supermalls is always on the lookout for something new. We bring global specialty concepts from Japan, Singapore, and Taiwan, among many others, all establishing their first stores in the Philippines right here in S Maison, the 62nd of SM Supermalls. At the same time, we have world-class Filipino brands and services in S Maison,” Tan said.

More than food, S Maison’s interior is, in itself, a feast for the eyes. Located within the Conrad Manila’s two lower floors and spanning over 25,000 square meters, its sleek, dramatic yet modern interior  was recently feted by the Prix Versailles World Architecture Awards at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris for design excellence in Interior Spaces, South Asia and the Pacific Shopping Malls category. Designed by Malherbe of France, S Maison’s interiors feature high-tech modernism with pearlescent Italian floors and iridescent metal accents to stimulate the feeling of being encased in a pearl.

“S Maison was created for people who want more spaces to relax and who are looking at our elevated retail offerings. It doesn’t compete with the hustle and bustle of the Mall of Asia but complements it,” Tan said. As a matter of fact, it offers a well curated assortment of retail brands not found at Mall of Asia, well-appointed beauty and wellness services, and Director’s Club cinemas to complete the shoppers’ S Maison experience.

The upscale mall is home to the Cole Haan, Zero Halliburton, True Religion and Paris Miki flagship stores, also to retail brands like De Novo Studio, Swiss Gear, Titan, Fully Booked, Digital Walker, Moressi, Rosa Clara, Yankee Candle, Empire Golf and Mega Blue Bird. Other retail brands like Pandora, Joseph; curated collections like Assembly; and branded services like Belo Medical Clinic, Teng Roma Salon and Gan Advanced Osseointegration Center (GAOC) have likewise made their way to S Maison.

Complementing the dining and retail options are three Director’s Club theaters that have a capacity of 38 seats per theatre with La-Z-Boy Power Recline XR+ seats equipped with a combination of reclining positions including stress free zero gravity.

“S Maison is a testament to SM Supermalls’ unwavering pursuit to deliver the most delightful of malling experiences,” Tan said during S Maison’s launch Wednesday night.

SM Supermalls is owned by SM Prime Holdings, Inc., the country’s largest integrated property developer. It is scheduled to open four more malls in the Philippines namely SM Cherry Antipolo in Rizal, SM Center Tuguegarao Downtown in Cagayan, SM City Puerto Princesa in Palawan and SM Center Lemery in Batangas this year. By the end of 2017, SM Prime will have 65 malls in the Philippines – 22 of which are in Metro Manila, 33 in Luzon outside of Metro Manila, five in the Visayas and five in Mindanao – and seven malls in China with an estimated combined GFA of 9.3 million sqm.

SOURCE: SM Investments Corporation

For further information, please contact

Ms. Corazon P. Guidote
Senior Vice President for Investor Relations
SM Investments Corporation
E-mail: cora.guidote@sminvestments.com
Tel. No. 857-0117

SM Prime Holdings recognized as one of the 2016 Top Ten Successful ASEAN Countries Entering China

SM Prime Holdings recognized as one of the 2016 Top Ten Successful ASEAN Countries Entering China

 

Pasay City, Philippines, 2017-Jan-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The year 2016 proved to be an auspicious one for Philippine brand SM Prime Holdings Co. Ltd. (SMPH), operator of SM Supermalls, which led to a recognition as one of the 2016 Top Ten Successful ASEAN Enterprises Entering China. The award was given by the China-ASEAN Business Council (CABC) during ceremonies held at Four Seasons Hotel in Beijing, China.

Present during the prestigious event were hundreds of top business and government officials from various organizations of China and member states of ASEAN. Representing SMPH were Senior Vice President Steven Tan and AVP Marketing of China Vivien Cheng.

“We receive this award with great honor not only for the company, but for the Philippines,” said Steven Tan. “This shows the tremendous cooperation among ASEAN members, which could only augur well for the future of the entire region.”

SM’s CABC award recognizes the company’s various investments and contributions to the industry. Currently, it has 7 malls in China, which include Xiamen, Jinjiang, Chengdu, Suzhou, Chongqing, Zibo, and Tianjin. SM City Tianjin is touted as one of the world’s biggest shopping malls in the world today. SM’s successful presence in China has yielded several awards and recognitions from various organizations, collecting over 10 awards in 2016 alone.

The CABC serves as a conduit between China and ASEAN trade and economic relations and development. The body is composed of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), ASEAN Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), national business leaders, entrepreneurs and experts from ASEAN members. It is supported by the Ministry of Commerce of China and the ASEAN Ambassadors to China, among others.

Source: SM Investments Corporation

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SM Supermalls wins Brand of the Year Award, National Tier 2016-2017 at the World Branding Awards ceremonies in London

SM Supermalls wins Brand of the Year Award, National Tier 2016-2017 at the World Branding Awards ceremonies in London
SM Supermalls wins Brand of the Year Award, National Tier 2016-2017 at the World Branding Awards ceremonies in London

 

Pasay City, Philippines, 2016-Sep-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Another Filipino brand has made it to the global stage. This year, SM Supermalls was given the prestigious Brand of the Year Award under the National Tier 2016-2017, during the World Branding Awards ceremonies held in an exclusive black tie gala dinner at the iconic Kensington Palace in London.

The award, given by The World Branding Forum, was the only one conferred to a local brand from the Philippines in the Shopping Mall category.

Aside from SM, other winning brands include ICBC (China), Bang & Olufsen (Denmark), Hermes (Frances), Nivea (Germany), Chow Tai Food (Hong Kong), Prada (Italy), Sukiya (Japan), Safaricom (Kenya), Maybank (Malaysia), Dulux (Netherlands), Sagres (Portugal), QNB (Qatar), Sberbank (Russia), Raffles Education (Singapore), Amore Pacific (South Korea), Santander (Spain), Zurich(Switzerland), Chunghwa Telecom (Taiwan), King Power (Thailand), Dubai Duty Free (UAE), and Prudential (UK), among others.

SM’s SVP for Operations Steven Tan was present during the ceremony to receive the award.

“We are proud to be recognized in the global stage,” Tan said during his acceptance speech. “SM is a brand that reflects the Filipino people’s indomitable spirit of excellence. We resonate because we celebrate people’s hopes and aspirations, and we bring these a step closer to reality. Through our malls, we strive to create memorable destinations that broaden our shoppers’ experiences, and allow them to participate in a greater, global world.”

World Branding Forum Global Chairman Richard Rowles emphasized that the objectives of the Forum “are to advance the standards, skills and education of the branding community for the good of the industry and consumers.”

“The Awards celebrates the achievements of some of the greatest brands around the globe. With 70 percent of the scoring process coming from consumer votes, winning brands have managed to build a good trust score with their consumers,” said Richard Rowles, Chairman of the World Branding Forum.

The selection of winners is determined through brand valuation (30%), public online voting (30%), and consumer market research (40%). The latter was conducted through one-on-one phone interviews in each country. SM Supermalls came out as the most exceptional brand in the Philippines to merit the recognition under the National Tier – Shopping Mall category, affirming the brand’s position as a household name in the country.

World Branding Forum Chief Executive Peter Pek emphasized on brands’ ability to provide customers with memorable experiences more than just good products and services.

“The quality of brands competing for the awards is very high.  Winners set the standards of what brands need to be in order to win,” Pek added.

The World Branding Forum (WBF) is a global, non-profit organization dedicated to advancing branding standards for the good of the branding community as well as consumers. Its premier recognition program, has so far recognized some of the world’s largest and best-known brands such as Apple (US), British Airways (UK), Louis Vuitton (France), and Mercedez-Benz (Germany).

The World Branding Awards is the premier awards of the World Branding Forum. It recognizes the achievements of some of the best brands in the world.

For further information, please contact:

Ms. Corazon P. Guidote
Senior Vice President for Investor Relations
SM Investments Corporation
E-mail: cora.guidote@sminvestments.com
Tel. No. (632) 857-0117

Source: SM Investments Corporation

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SM Mall of Asia reinvents itself into one of the biggest and most exciting destination malls in the world

Pasay City, Philippines, 2016-May-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — A mall as successful as SM Mall of Asia is entering a new phase, reinventing itself, this time, into one of the biggest and most exciting destination malls in the world.

SM and SM Prime Chairman Henry Sy who once called this mall, the greatest project of his life, had a vision to build one of the largest malls in Asia which will not just be a shopping complex but a premier destination.

Sy’s vision was for shoppers and tourists alike to come together to have a unique leisurely experience. “The mall will be a major Asia Pacific destination,” Sy said at that time.

SM Mall of Asia opened in May 2006 as the flagship development of SM on its 60-hectare reclaimed land along the scenic Manila Bay in Pasay City. The mall introduced the first Olympic-size skating rink and the first IMAX theatre in the country. It also opened the Science Discovery Center now called The Exploreum and a state-of-the-art Bowling Center.

Ten years later, the mall is set to once again revolutionize the Philippines’ concept of a mall.

Steven Tan, Senior Vice President for SM Supermalls recalled that when the design team was going through the redesign process for SM Mall of Asia, SM Prime Holdings President Hans T. Sy wanted it to have the “wow” factor.

“Mr. Hans Sy didn’t just want to expand the mall without giving a reason to the people. He said, if there was going to be an expansion, we have to ensure the success of the mall,” Tan said.

Designed by Miami-based firm Arquitectonica, the enigmatic “wow” would finally come in the form of a FIFA World Cup-size soccer field mounted on the mall’s roofdeck. A botanical garden that blends with a spectacular view of the bay will also be built.

“I’ve seen the perpsectives and the view from up there will be breathtaking. There will be an unobstructed view of the sea and it is beautiful,” Tan said.

With over 700 tenants, SM Mall of Asia is considered one of SM’s most successful malls, enjoying an occupancy of between 98% and 100%. This has prompted the company to do the redevelopment of the mall in phases. The Olympic-size skating rink which will be on the third floor is targeted to be ready by the end of the year. A food hall, dolled up with designer furniture in tune with the mall’s modern look, will also open on the third level.

New brands are also set to come in including Swedish clothing giant H&M which is slated to introduce a 3,000 square meter flagship store that promises to be something unique.

The mall will also have a “warmer” look and feel, according to Tan where the interior will adopt a different color scheme and introduce wooden panels.

The mall also recently unveiled a “solar carpark” which was visited recently by no less than environment advocate and former US Vice President Al Gore. The 2.7 megawatt MOA solar carpark, in partnership with Solar Philippines, is nearly twice the size of the 1.5 MW SM North Edsa Solar Carpark, making it one of the world’s largest on-site solar projects. Comprised of 10,426 solar panels and 40 inverters, it supplies nearly 20% of the mall’s power needs.

To add to the dynamic developments in the 60-hectare MOA complex, Conrad Manila, SM Prime’s deluxe hotel is set to open in June this year with a new retail podium called S’Maison which will house unique concept stores as well as luxury retail stores, fine dining restaurants and state-of-the-art cinemas.

Another latest development, the Manila-Acapulco Galleon Museum is taking shape which will give visitors a unique experience in learning the history of the 250-year old global trade route where the Philippines and Mexico played major roles. The museum will highlight the galleon trade’s impact on today’s commerce, banking, travel, and cultural exchange. The dome will showcase the actual process of building a galleon, while exhibiting relics such as porcelain, gold, and other goods that were traded in the Spanish era.

With such new and exciting additions, MOA will add about 250,000 square meters to its floorplate, spanning a total of over 650,000 square meters which will count as one of the largest in the world, a fitting milestone to a mall that has touched the lives of millions in the last 10 years.

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Architect’s perspective and aerial view of the expanded SM Mall of Asia (Photo courtesy of SM Supermalls)

Architect’s perspective and aerial view of the expanded SM Mall of Asia (Photo courtesy of SM Supermalls)