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MANGALDAN – After the chances of SM Mall looks dimmer to set foot in Dagupan City, the mayor here said this robust town is open to host the giant retail store.
“Oo pero of course if it means jobs for Mangaldeneans, why not? So open ang Mangaldan,”declared recently by Mayor Bonafe de Vera-Parayno.
Although there was yet no feeler to the mayor for the intention of SM Prime Holding, Inc. (SMPHI), she said this first class municipality has large swath of land in Barangay (Village) Anolid, that borders Dagupan City, to accommodate SM.
Recently, Mayor Carlito Zaplan of this town’s neighboring Sta. Barbara said that SM needs at least 10 hectares of land to construct its edifices.
Sta. Barbara, he cited, is interested too to host the giant retail store after he constructed a huge elegant and imposing P32 million three storey municipal hall in Brgy. Maningding near the national highway.
“Kayang i-accommodate ng area (Maningding) na ito ang SM,” he said.
In August 2010 Hans Sy, the scion of the founder of SMPHI, met former Dagupan City Mayor Lim to signify the intention of his corporation to build a regional SM Mall in the city that is bigger than the one in Baguio City.
That meeting was prompted by the construction of rival’s Robinson Mall owned by the Gokongweis in the nearby Calasiao town .
But it did not push through because the land that SMPHI bought in Brgy. Tambac has yet to be converted by the city council from agricultural to commercial, one stalling land owner there pegged the price of his land at P40 thousand per square meter, and Lim, owner of Magic Group of Companies, was defeated by former Vice Mayor Belen F. Fernandez in the 2013 mayoral contest.
Fernandez, owner of the chains of CSI Malls, declared her opposition to the presence of SM as it would be prejudicial to small businesses in the city.