Retail Company breaks ground for new Shopping Center in Tacloban
TACLOBAN CITY – A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Tuesday morning for the Metro Tacloban Department Store & Supermarket; this City’s latest addition to its growing and vibrant Shopping and Retail Industry which is expected to attract people from the City and surrounding areas.
Metro Retail Stores Group Incorporated President and Chief Operating Officer Arthur Emmanuel, along with invited guests from the City Government of Tacloban led by City Administrator Atty. Irene Chiu who represented Mayor Cristina G. Romualdez, Vice-Mayor Jerry Yaokasin, City Information Officer Bernardita B. Valenzuela, several City Department Heads and Barangay 54 Officials, among others, broke ground on June 20 for the future 2-Storey Store which is expected to feature 16, 200 square meter area of retail space.
The site is located along busy Real Street; in a lot formerly occupied by Bethany Hospital before it was destroyed by Super Typhoon Yolanda in 2013.
Emmanuel said that they will hire 95% of the store’s workforce from Tacloban in coordination with the City’s Public Employment Service – a welcome development for Jobs Generation efforts of the local Government, which experienced the wrath of a Super Typhoon nearly four years ago.
He likewise expressed amazement at how the City has recovered, saying that, “It shows (the true) Character of the City through adversity…you build a City again- it’s a great city, my personal hats off to you.”
Mayor Romualdez in a message read by Atty. Chiu lauded the steadfast support of the Metro Retail Group and thanked the investor for staying in Tacloban.
Following the Ground Breaking yesterday, work on the shopping center which is scheduled to open in early 2018 has begun.
In a related development, Mall Operator Robinsons is set to open its second Mall in the City at the New Bus Terminal in Abucay this coming November; proving once more that the lone Highly Urbanized City in Region 8 is still the premier Business Hub.– HENRY JAMES G. ROCA/CIO, Photos by Mike Espina/CIO