I finally found SM City Xiamen on Google Maps! I’ve been looking for it for quite some time now and my sleuthing powers were exercised quite a bit for this featured sight. (You can tell that I found the correct building by looking at the satellite image; if you squint a bit, you can see the SM logo on the right side of the building’s southern face.) Anyway, SM City Xiamen, located in Xiamen City in the Fujian province of Mainland China, is the first Filipino-owned shopping mall outside the Philippines. It opened in 2001 and there are now two other SM malls in China, namely, SM City Jinjiang and SM City Chengdu.
Photo by Justin.
One bit of corporate trivia that you might like to know is that all three Chinese SM malls are not managed by SM Prime Holdings Inc., the owner of all SM malls in the Philippines. The three malls are wholly owned by Henry Sy’s family, who control SM Prime Holdings. But there are possible plans of transferring ownership to the holding company. In addition, instead of an SM Department Store (which is managed by a different SM company), SM City Xiamen has the American Wal-Mart as its flagship store.
Filipino tourists who have been to the 12.8-hectare mall in Xiamen have said that its interior (example Flickr photo) is almost identical to that of SM Megamall’s, even naming its floors the same way (Festival, Promenade, etc.). It also helps that popular Filipino retail outlets like Bench and Penshoppe have branches there. When inside, the only thing that reminds you that you’re not in the Philippines is the unavoidable presence of Chinese signs.