Robinsons Place Tacloban will soon open more than six weeks after Super Typhoon Yolanda ravaged the city of Tacloban and other place, a company that owns the mall announced on Tuesday.
Robinsons Retail Holdings Inc., the second-largest multi-channel retailer in the country, said Robinsons Place Tacloban will officially reopen on December 19 after having been “battered and severely damaged” by Yolanda.
The group said it will begin operating initially 5,500 square meters of selling area in the mall to provide for the shopping needs for the residents in the area for the upcoming Yuletide season.
This temporary selling area, according to Robinsons Retail, will continue to operate while the mall is undergoing a major rehabilitation. Robinsons Place-Tacloban is expected to be relaunched in April 2014.
The mall is still currently being faced with certain constraints like unstable power supply. Thus, the daily store hours will be limited from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
With limited power supplied by the mall’s generator set, the supermarket will not be able to carry frozen and refrigerated items like fresh meat, fish and ice cream for the time being.
Earlier this month, Robinsons Retail has opened its fourth Robinsons Place mall in Mindanao, bringing the total number of its mall nationwide to 33.
Located in Carraga region, Robinsons Place Butuan is a three level development that includes a branch of RLC’s Go Hotel, which will have 102 rooms.
Two more shopping malls, Robinsons Place Malolos and Robinsons Town Mall Malabon, are also expected to open this year.