After some years of delay (first announced opening was late 2007) Robinsons Place opened it’ gates yesterday in Dumaguete. Some of the shops are still closed but won’t miss the Christmas business.
Whole Dumaguete was on their feet to see what is going on at Robinsons Palce in Dumaguete. The mall provide thousands of Jobs for the area and is for sure an importand step into the right direction.
Find some Pictures of the Grand opening of Robinsons Place – Dumaguete here :Robinsons Mall Dumaguete
Here is what Judy Partlow writes for the PNA:
Mayor Agustin Perdices on Monday lauded the opening of Robinsons Place, the first full-service shopping mall in Dumaguete, as he expressed hope it will not just boost the local economy but also provide more jobs for locals.
Robinsons Place Dumaguete is the 27th addition to a string of Robinsons shopping malls throughout the country and is the sixth in the Visayas region.
The two-level mall is located at the Dumaguete Business Park in Barangay Calindagan along the south national highway and spans a total gross floor area of over 40,000 square meters.
It offers a wide range of services from a variety of name-brand and local fashion and specialty shops, dining, leisure, a dynamic activity and entertainment area, a health and beauty zone, service and IT zone, among others.
Mayor Perdices expressed his gratitude to the Gokongwei family for their huge investments in setting up Robinsons Place in Dumaguete.
He lamented that it is sad to see young people of the city leave home to seek jobs overseas or in other areas outside of Dumaguete.
Perdices said he is looking forward to seeing more investors come to Dumaguete now that Robinsons has set the ball rolling.
Lance Gokongwei, president and chief executive officer of Robinsons Land Corporation said they are happy that Robinsons Mall in Dumaguete was finally inaugurated.
He said they are thankful to local government officials in Dumaguete who helped them in completing the requirements for the construction of the building.
Gokongwei said they are now studying the possibility of expanding the mall in the near future.
He added they have been considering the offer of putting up a hotel that would complement the demand for tourist accommodation following the rise in the number of visitors to Dumaguete and Negros Oriental.
Gokongwei said they noticed such increase through based on the daily Cebu Pacific flights to Dumaguete.
He is optimistic that through Robinsons mall they can help improve the economic activity in the province and provide employment opportunities as well.
Gracing yesterday’s inauguration were key officials of Robinsons and Gokongwei family members, Governor Emilio Macias II, Rep. George Arnaiz of the second district and Rep. Jocelyn Limkaichong of the first district, Mayor Perdices, city and provincial officials, and representatives from the business sectors.
Highlighting the opening were the presence of movie stars Dawn Zulueta, Dingdong Dantes and Bianca Gonzales. (PNA)