Three malls are set to open in Lapu-Lapu City within the next two years with the first scheduled to open its doors to the public this September.
Teodulo Ybañez, City Administrator, told that the managements of these malls already presented their building and traffic plans.
These include Gaisano Grand Mall in barangay Basak, Rustan Mall and Siam Square.
Ybañez said both Rustan and Siam are interested to buy the lots of General Milling Corp. near the first Mactan-Mandaue bridge.
The Gaisano Grand Mall located several meters from the Mactan Economic Zone II will open in September.
Rustan and Siam will start construction next year. Ybañez said Gaisano Grand Mall is expected to hire hundreds of employees excluding concessionaires.
Ybañez said they asked these malls to prioritize Lapu-Lapu City residents for their openings. He said the opening of more malls will also generate taxes for the city.
Ester Librando, Gaisano Mall officer-in-charge, said they expect to hire 2,000 employees until December this year.
She said they will coordinate with the Lapu-Lapu City government in mapping out the traffic route to their mall in order to ease congestion along M. Patalinghug Avenue, barangay Basak and the main road going to Marigondon or Maribago from the first Mactan-Mandaue bridge.
Librando said the mall will allocate space for police and tanod outposts to ensure the security of customers. /Correspondent Chris Ligan