Gaisano Capital holds groundbreaking rites for first mall in Surigao City

The much-awaited first multi-million Gaisano Capital Surigao Shopping Mall in the city will soon rise after the formal groundbreaking rites successfully held last Thursday, March 17.

Top officers from Gaisano Capital Corporation headed by President and CEO Mr. Henry Gaisano II along with City Mayor Ernesto Matugas and the provincial officials led the groundbreaking rites of the 2-storey mall at Brgy. Luna this city.

The site is a 3.4 hectare expanse adjacent to the Surigao City integrated bus terminal and St. Paul University Surigao. Gaisano said the mall will only have a total floor area of one hectare.
During the luncheon fellowship hosted by the Surigao Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) at the Hotel Tavern Surigao, Gaisano revealed that it was through blogs and internet forums which triggered their company to come to the city.

“Gaisano Capital never had a second thought in coming to Surigao City. We believe Surigaonons greatly deserve a shopping mall. We have read your letters in blogs and in the internet and we came here in answer to your prayer.”

First floor will house the supermarket with the varied arrays of local and imported goods while clothing apparels, house wares, appliances, school and office supplies will be at the second level.

Gaisano said that construction has already been started and they are targeting to finish it before the September fiesta celebration however because of the unpredictable weather condition in Surigao, “it might finish before Christmas.”

“Ang among pagconstruct depende gyud sa panahon, kung kami magtukod mu-maximum lang ug six to seven months kung mucooperate ang panahon,” Gaisano said.

“The city of Surigao is very thankful that Gaisano Capital is interested in putting up a mall in the city for it will definitely generate employment,” said Mayor Matugas.

Matugas said he has only two requests, “that Surigaonons will be prioritized in the employment opportunities and the drainage system. I hope they will put-up a proper drainage system in the area.”

Atty. Eric Labrada of Gaisano Capital Corp. is predicting about 600 to 800 people to be employed once the mall becomes operational.

The coming of the Gaisano Capital in Surigao City, and for that matter the province of Surigao del Norte, has been largely anticipated by both consumers and local business establishments which prompted the Surigao Chamber of Commerce to caution its impact on local traders, especially those based in the downtown district. (PIA-SDN)

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