Philippine Daily Inquirer / 10:45 AM October 19, 2014
Isabela shoppers recently gave SM a warm welcome when it opened SM City Cauayan, SM Prime’s 49th supermall and its first in the vast Cagayan Valley region.
Located on a 41,000 square meter property along Maharlika Highway, the mall with a 66,300 square meter floor area will serve shoppers in bustling Isabela as well as nearby provinces in the Cagayan Valley including Cagayan, Nueva Vizcaya, and Quirino.
As the second largest province in the Philippines, Isabela – home to Magat Dam, a major source of power and water supply in Northern Luzon – is an ideal point in building SM’s presence in the region.
Largely agricultural, Isabela is known as the hybrid corn and rice champion in the Philippines and home to the biggest corn processing facility in Southeast Asia. Strategically located between the Cagayan Economic Zone and Metro Manila, it also has ample tourism potential.
Cauayan City has been selected to host the proposed Isabela Special Economic Zone and the Regional Agro-Industrial Growth Center. It has numerous subdivisions, schools, and business centers – banks, real estate businesses, and commercial establishments.
SM City Cauayan will give residents of this bustling city an al fresco malling experience similar to that in SM’s Premier Malls. The two- story building has a roof deck with a vibrant landscape.
More than just being a center of shopping and fun, SM City Cauayan is also environment-friendly. Passive cooling, which is a green and cost-effective approach, was considered in the design of the mall, walkways and storefront hallways. Its exterior features are highlighted by brightly colored louvers, which also act as sun shades.
The SM Store and SM Supermarket lead the shopping excitement along with the SM Appliance Center, ACE Hardware, and Watsons. Global fashion brands like Giordano, Payless Shoesource, and Guess will have stores in the mall, with homegrown favorites like Bench, Penshoppe, and Prima Donna.
SM City Cauayan has international food chains like McDonald’s, Dunkin Donuts, and Mister Donut, as well as well-loved local players like Jollibee, Mang Inasal, Greenwich, Chowking, Gerry’s Grill, Cindy’s, and Red Ribbon.
It will also feature some of Isabela’s best food stops – Café Isabela, Chocolate Coffeeline, Yah! Coffee, and Hiroshi Tokyo Style Takoyaki.
SM City Cauayan also has a Cyberzone for techies, services for busy shoppers, and wellness centers for pampering.
It’s also a place for great entertainment – six state of the art cinemas, as well as amusement areas like Quantum, I Play n Ride, Sportszone, QBox Station, and Bingo Bonanza.
For customer convenience, SM City Cauayan has 530 parking slots and 130 motorcycle slots.
SM City Cauayan’s design team includes DSGN, Design Architect; JRP Design, Inc., Architect of Record; Bo Steiber Lighting Design, Lighting Consultant; EA Aurelio Landscape Architects, Landscape Design; and New Golden City Builders, general contractor.