Watch out for the new Glorietta

The opening of the renovated Glorietta is probably one of the most anticipated events in retail shopping history in the country and judging by the preview of its new look, the wait is all worth it.

“We wanted to be very methodical in our planning,” explained Ayala Land executive vice president Bobby Dy during Monday’s briefing with members of the media.

“We wanted to make sure that we provide the right product in the market. We also wanted to integrate new uses like hotels and offices, so it took us some time to be able to put together the right product for our consumers,” he said.

Going green

Ayala Land has put sound environmental practices as the foundation for its renovation plan. Lush gardenscapes would greet shoppers from the outside, while a water feature delights inside.

The new Glorietta Activity Center, meanwhile, has a sweeping grand wall made of wood and makes use of natural light.

Shopping and dining haven

Of course, the interiors will be for naught without the leading retail brands. One need not worry, though, as the new Glorietta will not only house the flagship stores of the country’s most popular brands, but will introduces more new foreign brands as well like Bershka, Stradivarius, Vince Camuto and Gant Shirtmakers.

This is not only true for retail shopping, but for dining establishments, too, like Wee Nam Kee, Tong Yang, Watami and Chucky Cheese.

“People look for different experiences. There are days when you want to spend your time outdoors and indoors. I think the diversity of experiences actually provides numerous options to people,” Dy said.

More things to come

These new features are part of the first half of the first phase of Ayala Land’s Glorietta renovation effort. For this, the company has invested P20 billion.

For the second half of this first phase, three hotels (Fairmont, Holiday Inn and Raffles Hotel), two new offices that cater to BPOs, and residential developments (Park Terraces and Garden Terraces) are set to rise within the 34,000-square meter commercial expanse.

Dy said this integration of business, shopping, dining and entertainment is part of Ayala Land’s aim to offer consumers convenience. Likewise integral to this are the connecting bridgeways from Ayala Center to the Makati Central Business District and the accessibility of public transport (i.e., MRT, taxi hubs, and business terminals).

“(This is) the most ambitious that Ayala Land has taken on,” Dy said, and we can’t wait for the new Glorietta to finally open its doors come December.

By Ruth Sindico (philstar.com)

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