Metro Retail Stores Group, Inc. (MRSGI) opens 55th store in Baybay City, Leyte

Metro Retail Stores Group, Inc. (MRSGI) opened its 55th store in Baybay City, Leyte on July 30, 2019, the company’s pilot store of a compact mall concept.

Present during the grand opening were MRSGI Chairman and CEO Frank S. Gaisano, MRSGI President & COO Manuel C. Alberto, Baybay City Mayor Jose Carlos L. Cari, former Baybay City Mayor Carmen L. Cari, and Brgy. Zone 15 Chairman Robert Cayone.

Left to right: Fr. James Anthony Cadman of Immaculate Conception Parish, MRSGI President & COO Manuel C. Alberto, Baybay City Mayor Jose Carlos L. Cari, MRSGI Chairman and CEO Frank S. Gaisano, former Baybay City Mayor Carmen L. Cari, and Brgy. Zone 15 Chairman Robert Cayone.

The 2-story Metro Baybay is under a Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) scheme on a one-hectare area, which the company will lease for 25 years at P12 per square meter. The rate is said to increase every three years.

Photo by Warren Cane Sopa / Kin Sopa Studio

Manuel C. Alberto said in his speech during the opening that Metro Baybay is like a “store resort” because of its seaside views. It has an expansive al fresco dining on the groundfloor and another air-conditioned foodcourt on the second level, all fronting Baybay’s famed Seaside Boulevard for its sunset at sea.

MRSGI’s President & COO Manuel C. Alberto

Hypermarket to a Compact Mall

About a year ago during the groundbreaking ceremony, it was publicy announced that MRSGI will construct a Super Metro Hypermarket in Baybay City, a combined supermarket and department store format.

But just few months before the opening day, MRSGI executives revealed to Discover Baybay City that they will have a compact mall format in Baybay, instead of a hypermarket. This is due to the growing demand of the west Leyte market from a feasibility study.

Metro Baybay will attract customers from the towns of Abuyog, Javier and Mahaplag on the east and Inopacan, Hindang, Bato and Matalom on the south.

Photo by Warren Cane Sopa / Kin Sopa Studio

Supermarket on the Second Level?

Its been a talk of the town why Metro Baybay’s supermarket is on the second level and not on the traditional groundlevel for most shopping centers. An executive from MRSGI told Discover Baybay City that it’s purely a business strategy. However, it will not be a hassle for shoppers with a large volume of items bought at the Supermarket because the store has specifically installed a spacious elevator and escalator with direct access to the mall’s main entrance/exit areas for all shoppers’ convenience.

Metro Supermarket | Photo by Warren Cane Sopa / Kin Sopa Studio

Opening despite portions of the store’s exterior unfinished

Many people have noticed that Metro opened its doors with portions of its building’s exterior unfinished. The mall’s adjacent parking area and anticipated alfresco dining area were still under construction during its opening day.

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What to expect in the coming months

In a talk with the store’s official architect, 88 A.D. Designs from Manila, Metro Baybay’s architecture will highlight the store’s best feature—its location, directly built along the seaside promenade of the city’s new reclamation area.

Photo by Warren Cane Sopa / Kin Sopa Studio

Food outlets opening in the coming months such as Turks, Island Tea, Dunkin’ Donuts and among others will offer customers a panoramic view of Camotes Sea.

The opening of Metro Baybay’s indoor and outdoor foodcourts will result to a more vibrant promenade in the city’s seaside boulevard, considering that the store is right across the city’s Barbecue Plaza, attracting more visitors and boosting tourism activities.

Baybay City has a 9-hectare reclamation project, 5 hectares of which have already been completed. Of the five, one hectare is leased to Metro Gaisano. The rest will be developed by the LGU to expand its city proper.

Store Hours: 9:00AM-9:00PM

Address: Zone 15, Seaside Boulevard, New Reclamation Area, Baybay City, Leyte

Cover photo courtesy of Brent Nathaniel

Photo by Warren Cane Sopa / Kin Sopa Studio

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