The local retail scene has been abuzz lately with the entry of multiple global brands and the opening of more shopping complexes across town. But for fervent mall goers there will always be room for good retail developments, especially if it provides a remarkable level of service and a good selection of dining, shopping and entertainment attractions.
The new Century City Mall in Kalayaan Avenue, Makati is one such destination—a boutique mall that offers a stylish and sophisticated environment where personalized services are offered for the ease and convenience of shoppers.
“What distinguishes our mall is our concierge service, which goes beyond what you will experience in other malls. We also take pride in the modern architecture of this mall, and in our well-curated selection of stores and establishments that will give you a taste of old favorites and new concepts,” said Century City Mall General Manager Graham Coates.
Opened earlier this year by Century Properties Group, Inc., the five-storey retail development serves the immediate Century City community of residences and soon, its medical offices and office towers. The mall’s one-kilometer radius also covers exclusive gated villages, office buildings and hotels.
Service above all
While we are all used to availing the basic directory assistance from concierges in other malls, the Century City Mall Concierge offers personal shopping, personal grocer and hands-free shopping services. “If you have limited time to shop just call our concierge and we will be happy to arrange the purchase for you,” Coates said.
In addition, the Century City Mall Concierge provides a child tracker wrist tag as a precautionary measure in case your kids wander off inside the mall. And if you’re a group of five or more with plans to have lunch or watch a movie in the mall, the concierge shuttle can pick you up from and drop you off to any point in Makati.
“We can also help you arrange personal events, such as surprise parties and even wedding proposals through our concierge,” Coates added.
“Our residents at Century City are also our clients in Century City Mall, so it goes without saying that we are committed to offer to all our customers the same level of service and experience that we offer in our developments,” Coates said.
Retail and restaurant selection is key
With 17,000 square meters of leasable space for about 100 tenants, Century City was designed to have a balanced selection of locators. Coates said the management ensured that the stores will complement each other and at the same time be diverse enough to cater to the needs of its target consumers.
“We made sure all the basics will be covered. We have Rustan’s Supermarket open as early as 9am, Watsons, Healthy Options, and True Value at the lower ground level. We also opened four cinemas that have been very well received, and more dining outlets have opened,” he shared.
Leading the restaurant openings at Century City Mall is Thai favorite Banana Leaf, which now joins its roster of Filipino, Asian and Western dining outlets: Azzuro Ristorante Mediterraneo, Burger King, CaliBurger, Early Bird Breakfast Club, IHOP, Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen, Kimukatsu, L’Artizan, Pepper Lunch, TWG Tea, XO46 Bistro Filipino, and California Pizza Kitchen. To join this list soon is French Japanese restaurant Miam Miam.
Cafes and food outlets include the newly-opened Japanese and French fusion pastry maker Patisserie Bebe Rouge, ChaTime, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Greek Yogurt, Isla Café by XO 46, Mochi Sweets, BreadTalk, Starbucks, Mary Grace Ensaymada, Andale by Agave, Taters, Toby’s Еstatе from Australia and Twelve Cupcakes from Singapore. Sweet specialties are available at Villa del Conte and Morelli’s Gelato. To open are The Big Chill, Sly Café, a new concept in coffee shop services, and Japanese restaurant Yumi.
More restaurants, including Century City Mall’s unique food hall called Hole in the Wall that will feature multiple specialty food concepts, are scheduled to open very soon.
A good mix of foreign and local retailers at Century City Mall include 158 Designers’ Boulevard, Denovo Diamonds, Pandora, Philip Stein, Sciccosso Jewellery, Marc Coblen, TW Steel, Victorinox, Swarovski, L’Optique, Parker, Otterbox, Oakley, Samsonite, Watcessory, cigarette booth Myst, and Rubi Shoes. Piquadro and Mothercare will both open soon.
Popular fashion brands such as Bench/Edited, Call It Spring, Calvin Klein Jeans, Cotton On, Hush Puppies, Izod, and Uniqlo as well as newly-available fashion brands Desigual and F&F are open. For cool kiddie fashion and accessories, there’s Chibi Momo, while makeup and cosmetics are readily available at Beauty Bar, Crabtree & Evelyn, Fresh Fragrance Bar/H2O, Orogold Cosmetics, Shiseido, The Face Shop, and Zen Nutrients.
At the 3rd level, there’s a Studio Fix by Alex Carbonell for haircut and salon services as well as a newly-opened Nail Tropics outlet for personal care services. For sports clothing and accessories, there’s Nike Stadium, Planet Sports, and ResToeRun.
Aside from True Value, Century City Mall also carries home, hardware, electronics, storage, and office supplies stores like Howard’s Storage World, Dimensione, Dyson, Sony, Office Warehouse, Il Mercante di Venezia and Blue Carreon Home.
Toys ‘R Us is on the second level, and a new branch of FullyBooked will open in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, the mall will have its own gadget store in Beyond the Box.
Further down at Basement 2 are service shops Mr. Quickie, LBC, Alter to Fit as well as Agua Verde water shop and Flowers by Rosabella flower shop.
Cinemas, fountains and live music
Century City Mall proves that even a boutique mall can deliver entertainment attractions.
Its four digital projection cinemas have been frequented by moviegoers since its opening. One of these is the Premier Cinema, which has fully power-adjustable Italian leather seats and comes in Dolby Atmos 7.1 surround sound system. A ticket to the Premier Cinema also entitles you to free refillable popcorn and drinks from Taters.
Coates said the 4th level al fresco area also features a light, music and fountain show daily every 6pm and 8pm—a favorite attraction among kids. The fountain’s design team is the same creator of the popular fountains of the Sands Macau Hotel, The Landmark in Hong Kong, and the Aquafantasia at Centenary Garden in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong.
In the evenings, 12 Monkeys Music Hall and Pub open to live music enthusiasts. Musicians Chito Miranda and Champ Liu Pio along with some of the biggest names in the bar and restaurant scene are behind this new bar-musical performance venue which features top Filipino artists from different genres.
The Century City Mall Event Center at the topmost level of the mall also offers a venue for meetings, receptions, and celebrations, providing a nice vista of the Makati skyline.
For inquiries call 705-6200. More information on Century City Mall is available at www.centurycitymall.com.ph.