Last April, the Robinsons Retail Group opened its first community mall in Metro Manila right here in the BF Commercial Center, the 3rd mall under its wing (the other two are in Pulilan, Bulacan and Cabanatuan City, and a fourth one being developed in Davao City.) What many do not know is that Robinsons Supermarket is actually a mall.
To get us better acquainted with the mall, they organized their first Bloggers Meet and invited us. We met up with its Mall Marketing Officer, Ms. Eileen Navarro, who shared with us its backgrond and services.
Although it is a mini-mall, it comes by the name of Robinsons Supermarket because the supermarket is its anchor business unit together with Handyman. Its other regular units are the Robinsons Appliance store, the department store, and its regular tenants like the Sun Shop, Sanries, Lechon Ahoy, and the Big Apple Pizza Co.
Robinson's Supermarket has a special focus on wellness --calling this The Wellness Generation--and has developed an in-house brand called Healthy You. Its specialty areas also include Super Savers and Island Favorites, with the latter bringing local brands from all over the country under one roof.
Handyman also has its own in-house brands like Bow Wow, the most popular dog food brand, and Wishy Washy, for soaps and disinfectants. Every month, it features different themes and different sale items.
The Robinsons department store specialty on the other hand is bringing in all sale items, which are given exclusively to the BF branch. Currently, it has its Big Bag Sale.
And finally, the mall has a wifi-free dining area cum events area cum activity area on the second floor for events like this Bloggers Meet and other future events (The Grand Wellness Week for Grandparents' Day, Mad Science, and Krissy and Ericka to follow this September). The area also hosts Camp-1 Playland where parents can drop off their toddlers (for a fee) while they go shopping.
To cap off the day, they brought in the youthful band, Up Dharma Down, featuring Hana Flores (the daughter of Homer Flores). I noticed that not all the people in the audience were young 'uns.
Special Mention must go to Big Apple Pizza Co. who provided our lunch of pizza (of course) with four different toppings. I hope they stay around for a long time because I really like their offerings. Pizza houses have come and gone and I find myself going back again and again to the oldest one, still my favorite; but Big Apple Pizza can give it a run for its pizza, especially with its white cheese. The crust of their pizzas is not as thin but thin enough so that even after a day and a pop in the toaster, the pizza still tastes great.
Not a bad way to spend a Saturday.