SM City Trece Martires, SM Prime Holding’s 58th mall, will serve customers in the rapidly developing province of Cavite when it opened its doors to the public on Friday, May 13. It is the fifth SM Supermall in Cavite after SM City Bacoor, SM City Dasmarinas, SM City Rosario, and SM City Molino. An SM Marketmall is also located in Dasmarinas.
The proximity of Cavite to Manila and its sustained drive towards industrialization are two of the major factors behind the huge and growing population of the province. Further growth can be expected as real estate prices in Metro Manila continue to surge, and foreign remittance is seen to sustain its inflow enabling investments in mass housing.
The City of Trece Martires, which is named after the Thirteen Martyrs of Cavite, who were heroes during the Philippine Revolution, is located in the heart of the province, and is easily accessible from Metro Manila. The City was the former provincial capital and still serves as the seat of the provincial government of Cavite where most of the provincial offices are located.
Industrialization and commercial activities have replaced agriculture as the major source of livelihood in the city. Its economic growth has attracted migration from Metro Manila and other municipalities, leading to a surge in population. The City has been awarded in the fields of nutrition, health services, cleanliness, literacy, education, and social services.
Located on a 50,000 site along Governor’s Drive and Capitol Road, the 84,000 square meter mall will serve shoppers in nearby Tanza, Amadeo, Indang, General Trias, Tanza, and Naic. SM City Trece Martires is envisioned to become a vibrant urban hub, offering the ultimate shopping, living, dining, and entertainment experience for residents of Trece Martires City.
The mall’s exterior architectural design is sophisticated and bold, featuring crisp colors and textures. A gracefully sweeping canopy wraps the building and dramatically greets the shopper upon arrival. The canopy undulates with the landscape, providing sheltered exterior circulation for pedestrians, and bringing scale and unity to the design.
SM City Trece Martires’s interior is organized around a distinct L shaped atrium, which steps back at each level, allowing natural clerestory light to reach deep into the building. Pedestrian bridges cross the atrium on each floor, while stairs, escalators, and elevators traverse the space vertically, contributing to the dynamic feel of the interior. The space is further accentuated by distinct, vivid bands of color, a unique undulating ceiling, and touches of greenery that give the space a festive, contemporary appearance.
A lushly landscaped plaza will provide shoppers with a place to relax and be part of a diverse dynamic retail and dining experience.
The SM Store and SM Supermarket are the mall’s major retail anchors, along with SM mainstays like SM Appliance Center, Ace Hardware, Surplus Shop, and Watsons. There will also be fashion boutiques, specialty stores, and a Cyberzone for techie enthusiasts.
The dining experience is enhanced by local favorites like Jollibee, Chowking, Barrio Fiesta, Cabalen, Classic Savory, Max’s, Kuya J, Pancake House, Goldilocks, and Razon’s of Pampanga; along with global food chains like MacDonald’s Boncon, Breadtalk, KFC, Kenny Rogers, Seattle’s Best, and Shakey’s.
The mall will also have the first Cineplex in the city with four state of the art cinemas, as well as amusement areas and wellness and service centers. For customer convenience, it will have 737 parking slots.
SM City Trece Martires’s design team includes DSGN Associates, Foreign Consultant; JRP Design, Inc., Architect of Record; BCL Asia Landscape Consultant, and Toespin, Lighting Consultant.