Greenhills redevelopment enters second phase
Rosalinda L. Orosa (The Philippine Star) - August 26, 2013 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - The P25-billion redevelopment of the Greenhills Shopping Center recently completed Phase 1, and is currently on Phase 2 of the massive project.

More parking, high-tech cinemas, and a luxury residential condominium are highlights of the developments so far, which include additional retail space amidst more open areas and canopied walkways.

The Greenhills Shopping Center was first developed in the 1970s, quickly becoming a shopping and leisure destination in San Juan City, Metro Manila. After 40 years, developer Ortigas & Co. decided to embark on a redevelopment plan in 2010 that aims to bring the shopping center up to par with modern international shopping centers while retaining the old charm of the iconic shopping and entertainment center.

 â€œThus far, we have delivered the best Chinese restaurant in town, Gloria Maris”, says Cathy Casares-Ko, general manager of the shopping centers division, Ortigas & Co..  “We have also introduced Wafu, which has redefined modern Japanese dining in the metro, as well as the extension to the Promenade with its high tech cinemas and divine dining choices.”

 â€œWe have also constructed two levels of interconnected basement parking, which will eventually be connected with the basement parking of the rest of the complex.”

New cinemas

Three new cinemas opened at the Promenade Extension with the completion of Phase 1. These cinemas are the first in the country to feature the Dolby Atmos Surround Sound technology, and are the first in the region to feature this latest Dolby technology in more than one cinema within a complex. The cinemas have 204, 217, and 241 seats respectively.

The Promenade Extension, covering three floors with a total area of approximately 12,985 square meters, will also have a variety of tenants, including fast food outlets, casual dining, fine dining, health and grooming boutiques, entertainment centers, and specialty shops. The preliminary list of tenants at The Promenade Extension include Jesi Mendez, Sariwon, Tong Yang Shabu-Shabu, Cupcakes by Sonja, Breadtalk Silver, Uncle Cheffy, J. Co Donuts, Cowrie Grill by Manila Hotel, Pancake House, Dr. Kong, Soi Thai Restaurant, Tampopo Japanese Resto, Eric Kayser’s, Roots Moderne Bistro, Ebun, NYC Meatball, Zao, Wee Nam Kee, Seven Friday, Jamba Juice, Starbucks Coffee, Lord Stowe, TaiOne, Power Mac Center, Munchtown/Uptown, Jozukin/Yume, Krazy Garlik, Fully Booked with Press café, Peri Peri Charcoal and Bar, World Music KTV, The Health Cube, and The Spa.

New Unimart

Currently under construction is the relocation site of Unimart, located along Club Filipino Road.  The building will have basement parking as well as 5 levels of parking on top of the grocery level that will add 1,300 additional parking spaces. Ortigas & Co. will spend P1.4 billion over the next two years to build this new supermarket structure, with expected completion by 2015. When completed, the new Unimart supermarket will occupy 12,000 square meters on the ground level of the 75,000 square meter structure.

A crown jewel

Meanwhile, The Viridian, a 53-story residential condominium, began construction during Phase 1 of the redevelopment of the Greenhills Shopping Center. Turnover to residents is scheduled for April 2016.

The Viridian is positioned as the “crown jewel” of the Greenhills Shopping Center redevelopment plan, with two levels of retail space, five floors of basement parking, and one floor devoted to amenities such as an infinity pool, fitness facilities, a business center and function areas. The rest of the building will house residential units with access to a spacious lobby and landscaped sky gardens.

The Greenhills Shopping Center is being redeveloped by Ortigas & Co. For 82 years, the company has been developing masterplanned communities that have thrived over time. In its portfolio are some of the country’s best residential, business and commercial developments. It is the company behind Metro Manila’s well-loved shopping destinations such as Greenhills Shopping Center and Tiendesitas, the Ortigas Business District, as well as longstanding residential developments like the Greenhills Subdivisions, Greenmeadows and Valle Verde.

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