The Abreeza Mall is gearing up for its opening which is set this coming May. Abreeza is a mixed-use development project which includes a mall, hotel, residential and office buildings. Accendo is the company who will run the operations of the mall project. As of to date, the commercial spaces inside the mall are almost leased out with Robinsons Department Store as the biggest locator.
The much anticipated opening of Abreeza Mall is scheduled next year. Abreeza is a mixed-use development project of Ayala Land Incorporated and Anflo Management and Investment Corp. It will feature a shopping mall, hotel, residential and commercial lots and office space dedicated to Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) investments. The target opening date is on the first half of 2011.
The mall is located in a sprawling 10-hectare lot along JP Laurel Avenue in Bajada. As of February this year, the mall is almost leased out and set to accommodate more than 300 merchants when completed. This project is considered as one of the biggest single investments that pour in the city Davao.
The term Abreeza was derived from the Italian word “abbraccio” which mean embrace and English word “breeze”.
Last February 18, 2010 was the pre-launching of the mall for its future merchants. The event was attended by Anflocor Group, Robinsons Retail Group, Starbucks executives and many others.
The mall will feature first time comers. Among the possible shops that will first open their branch in Davao through Abreeza Mall are Bread Talk, TGIF for food, XOXO, Café Laguna, New York 101, Lucerne, Lemon Grass and Starbucks. The mall will also feature shops that will showcase the best in Davao.
The first phase of the mall project is expected to be completed in the second quarter of next year with 35,000 square meters gross leasable area (GLA), while the second phase is expected to be completed by the third quarter of 2011 with a gross leasable area (GLA) of 26,000 square meters.
In the same development, Gokongwei-owned Robinsons will infuse an investment worth Php 800 million to open a separate four-storey commercial building inside the 10-hectare property.
This development project is foreseen to boost economic growth of the Davao City and neighboring areas. The Abreeza project is certainly something to look forward to. Right now, construction works are in full swing to meet the target opening date.
International coffee shop Starbucks is set to open its first branch in Davao. Once operational, it will be the fifth Starbucks store outside Metro Manila.
Aside from Metro Manila, Starbucks has already established its presence in many Philippine locations namely Cebu, Bacolod, Boracay and Palawan.
Starbucks hits the Philippine shores in December 1997. Since then, it has grown to be one of the country’s popular coffee brands especially in Metro Manila where Starbucks stores are concentrated.
Abreeza Mall, which is still under construction, is the future location of the first Starbucks shop in Davao City.
All popular coffee blends and services of Starbucks will be available once the store is opened. It is also planning to open three more stores in the city.
Starbucks is one of popular brands that first to grab a location in the highly-awaited shopping mall. Abreeza Shopping Mall is already 70 to 75 percent leased out as of this month.
The entry of Starbucks stores in Davao is made possible with the partnership between Starbucks and Ayala Corp. This coffee shop has currently 162 coffee shops in the Philippines as of February this year.