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Robinsons Magnolia

Robinsons Magnolia
Robinsons Magnolia logo
Robinsons Magnolia.jpg
Fresco area of Robinsons Magnolia.
LocationAurora Boulevard corner Doña M. Hemady Avenue, Kaunlaran, Quezon City, Philippines
Coordinates14°36′53″N 121°2′17″E / 14.61472°N 121.03806°E / 14.61472; 121.03806
Opening dateAugust 13, 2012
DeveloperJG Summit Holdings
ManagementRobinsons Malls
OwnerJohn Gokongwei
No. of stores and services230
No. of anchor tenants6
Total retail floor area48,000 m²
No. of floorsMain Mall: 7 ( 4 floors with 1 mezzanine and 2 basement levels for parking)
Expansion: 5 + basement
BPO: 5
Parkingmore than 1000 cars
WebsiteRobinsons Magnolia

Robinsons Magnolia is a shopping mall owned and operated by Robinsons Malls, the second largest mall operator in the Philippines.[citation needed] It is the 32nd mall opened by Robinsons and the 3rd mall in Quezon City, Metro Manila. It has a gross floor area of 108,000 square metres (1,160,000 sq ft). Robinsons Magnolia is part of the four-tower Magnolia Residences where the iconic Magnolia Ice Cream production plant once stood.[1]

History

The Magnolia Dairy Products Plant was established in 1970 when Magnolia transferred production from its original 1925-era factory in Quiapo, Manila. Designed by Leandro Locsin, The plant produced ice cream, milk, butter, margarine and processed cheese. The property where the plant stood was owned by San Miguel Corporation, who owned the Magnolia brand. The facility also housed the main branch of its Magnolia ice cream parlor.[2] The ice cream parlor was retained and relocated within the mall.

In 1981, SMC spun off its butter, margarine and processed cheese assets into a joint-venture with New Zealand Dairy Board, forming Philippine Dairy Products Corporation (now, Magnolia, Inc.). The Aurora Boulevard plant remained as its production facility until 2000 when it transferred to a new facility in General Trias, Cavite.

When SMC spun off its ice cream and milk business into a joint-venture with Nestlé in 1996, forming Magnolia-Nestlé Corporation, the Aurora Boulevard property remained under the ownership of SMC and served as the venture's main production facility and site of its ice cream parlor. After SMC withdrew from the venture in 1998, Nestlé Philippines continued with the business under the Nestlé brand name (the ice cream parlor became known as Nestlé Creamery). Nestlé’s production was gradually transferred to a new site and in 1999, Nestlé closed down operations in the Aurora Boulevard facility.[3]

In 2008, SMC sold the property to Robinsons Land Corporation (RLC), a subsidiary of JG Summit Holdings, Inc. News reports cited that the property was sold reportedly in the amount of P1.6 billion. The property was developed by RLC into a mall (Robinsons Magnolia) and residential condominiums (The Magnolia Residences).[4] One of the mall’s first establishments was a Magnolia-franchised ice cream parlor named Magnolia Flavor House, which operated from 2012 to 2017, as a fitting homage to the property’s roots.[5]

Mall Expansion

An expansion of the mall is currently on-going that will be located close to the Towers C & D of The Magnolia Residences. Starbucks, Magnolia ice cream, and half of the plaza are now closed to give way for the expansion works. Starbucks was relocated to the 3rd floor. The expansion will be completed on 2018 or 2019.

The new expansion will have a refreshed open-air plaza with al fresco dining, more shops and restaurants, four new cinemas including a VIP theater, a family amusement center and a chapel in the 5th floor. There will be also five levels of BPO and Office space located atop the expansion wing. The expansion will be connected to the main mall. [6]

References

  1. ^ Dumlao, Doris C. (13 August 2012). "Robinsons opens 32nd mall in PH". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 31 March 2013.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-06-10. Retrieved 2013-09-03.
  3. ^ [balita.ph]
  4. ^ [www.philstar.com]
  5. ^ [www.abs-cbnnews.com]
  6. ^ [newsbits.mb.com.ph]

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