I’m doing a double feature for Vista Pinas this time: Robinsons Starmills Pampanga in the previous post and SM City Pampanga in this one. I think it’s apt since these two malls of the two largest mall operators in the Philippines stand right across each other in San Fernando City and adjacent to the San Fernando Exit of the North Luzon Expressway. I don’t know of any other pair of SM and Robinsons malls that are closer than these two.
What’s immediately obvious from the satellite image is the fact that this SM City still embodies the typical monolithic rectangular architecture of almost every other SM Supermall; the notable exceptions being SM City Baguio and the Mall of Asia. It’s also interesting to see that SM City Pampanga is also aligned with the cardinal directions, just like SM Megamall and SM City Baguio are. Also, when the satellite image was taken, the eastern annex is still not finished. What’s not observable from the satellite image is the fact that the land occupied by SM City Pampanga actually straddles the boundary between San Fernando and the town of Mexico. Finally, if this news article is to be believed, SM City Pampanga is supposedly the longest mall in the country, with a total length of 668 meters east to west. (SM Megamall is about 550 meters north to south, while SM North EDSA is about 600 meters east to west.)
Anyway, SM City Pampanga is the earlier of the two malls and was finished back in November 2000. Upon completion of its 3 annexes, the mall now has a total retail floor area of about 13 hectares. Among its anchors include various other SM properties like the SM Department Store, SM Supermarket, SM Cinemas, SM Appliance Center, Toy Kingdom, and ACE Hardware.