Robinson's Cebu

Robinson's Cebu
Manila, Philippines - Robinsons Land Corporation is building on the site of what will be its 38th and biggest mall outside of Metro Manila in the North Reclamation area of Cebu City, where the Gokongwei business empire first took root and flourished.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

RLC to build Robinsons Galleria Cebu, its biggest outside Metro Manila

Robinsons Galleria Cebu will be a mixed-use development which will include the first Cebu branch of as well as office spaces for business process outsourcing firms.

Although there has not been too much press about this major development I can see the work in full swing as the buildings go up and the residents of Cebu welcome this new mall as the present malls are too overcrowded and don't meet customer needs to linger with seats with backs to rest and wait for fellow shoppers.

The seven story commercial building will rise on a 4.6 hectare lot along General Maxilom Avenue, Cebu City and will have a gross floor area of about 156,000 square meters (sqm).

The hotel will have 153 rooms, the BPO offices will occupy three floors with over 9,000 sqm of leasable space, while the mall will have a gross leasable area of 56,000 sqm spread on four levels.
Robinsons   Galleria Cebu’s anchor tenants will include Robinsons Department Store, Robinsons Supermarket, True Value, Robinsons Appliances, Saizen, and Toys R’ Us. It will also have six cinemas, including two 3D theaters, with a total seating capacity of 1,800. The mall will have about 300 tenants offering a mix of international brands and popular local brands. Tenants will also include homegrown Cebuano retail shops, restaurants, amusement centers and new entertainment attractions.


Robinsons' Biggest Mall Outside Manila


We want these restaurants and food market in Cebu at Robinson's

 These are some postings I did for the new SM South Road Seaside that we would also like to see at Robinson's new development in Cebu


Best rated restaurants in USA we would like to have in Philippines




And that's when we realised how some malls can be so user-unfriendly for senior citizens.
It makes good sense - both social and business - to cater to what these folks need.

You have to wonder why MALLS OF THE PHILIPPINES cannot provide seats benches with backs for the elderly.

You wonder if MALLS OF THE PHILIPPINES only  wants a sterile environment unclutted with the elderly or a photo perfect mall with their boxes for seats that their designers wanted or they don't want people in their malls waiting...with no benches with backs for the elderly.  It shows a bad trend of having a sterile mall that looks beautiful but is not people friendly for resting except if go to a restaurant. I think it is a bad trend and shows a lack of needs of people sadly.

For now, my mum has decided to curtail her visits to bigger malls and opt for outings within the neighbourhood.  Older people are largely overlooked in what remains a youth-obsessed consumer marketplace.

In a study on older adults, over two thirds indicated that some malls do not have enough public seating.   Reference:

Many older adults in the study found unfriendly spaces encourage older people to get what they need to do as quickly as possible and then get home with no lingering at the mall.

They ask why isn't the mall interested in their money?

Most restaurants have seats with backs but the mall mostly has stools as if it is doesn't want the older clients who probably have the most money?

 And few stools even.  There are lots of empty spaces where formerly benches used to be provided in the main hall public space on all floors . Picture perfect but no comfort for seniors.

MALLS OF THE PHILIPPINES fails to recognize that many older people have real needs just like the young and seem to be interested in design not comfort and meeting the needs of the elderly in seating in public places.

The resulting sense of alienation leads people to withdraw from the marketplace as they grown older. 

 I was even amazed at Ayala Makati that they had installed a bunch of old fashioned rocking chairs reserved for the elderly wow so thoughtful. But the rest of the mall has the box seats and my back always ache in pain when sitting on those boxes with no backs.

Why has MALLS OF THE PHILIPPINES become elderly unfriendly by removing all the benches and no sitting spaces in the main hall for people that wait but must stand at the railings while friends finish their shopping?

Parking area:  Why not provide comfortable benches inside the air conditioned areas for customers or drivers to wait like other malls do? It alienates the richest consumers who idle by standing at the doorway in the air conditioning until everyone is ready. Such inconsideration of MALLS OF THE PHILIPPINES designers.

Ayala Cebu has lots of benches in the air conditioned part of their mall in the parking area in the lower levels. Convenient for those in cars waiting the rest of their family and meeting place.

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