SM Makati in Makati City - Philippines
SM Makati is an imposing landmark in the mall complex in Makati, straddling the national highway EDSA and Ayala Center with its big blue SM logo measuring at almost ¾ of the building visible from the highways. The five level department store is one of the original landmarks in the Makati business district, having been in business since 1975. SM Makati is the very first department store in the country that is air-conditioned. The mall was renovated in 2004, making way for smarter and newer facilities.
SM (or Shoemart) in Makati is a department store and not a mall. The main SM building is connected via footbridge to the train station called Manila Metro Rail Transit or MRT, the busy mass transport system plying through EDSA from one end in Quezon City down to the last station in Taft Avenue, Pasay City.
The department store features a food court on the lower ground level, serving low-priced fares. Here you can find fast-food, as well as traditional meals. If you are craving something, chances are youll find it here: grilled meats, Korean fastfood, Japanese, Filipino and many others.
SMs new structure features a big open atrium in the middle while the department stores are on the sides. On the upper ground floor, you will find donut and dessert kiosks, as well as fresh vegetables, fruits flower and even plants on the middle space. The activity area is also located here, where various events take place on different dates. On one side is the sprawling grocery store, complete with more food stalls on the fringes, while the other side of the building houses the record bar, health and beauty / pharmacy area, as well as teens clothing. You can also find camera equipment here, and there is a Kodak kiosk if you would like to have some photos developed / printed.
On the second level you will find mens wear and accessories, as well as bags and shoes occupying the opposite side. A number of restaurants also dot this floor like Brownies Unlimited, and Delifrance. On the third floor you will find womens wear and accessories, as well as childrens wear. There are also coffee shops on this floor as well as a Chinese / Filpino fastfood resto. The fourth floor houses home specialty products such as what you will need for your garden, kitchen, bedrooms etc.
There is also an ACE hardware adjacent to SM, almost right below the train station. Foreign Exchange counters are also available in SM, as well as bills payment centers.
SM is owned by business tycoon Henry Sy. Sr. SM Makati is just one of the more than 50 SM department stores nationwide. In addition to that, SM has 30 malls all over the Philippines, notably SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall and SM North EDSA which are three of the top 10 biggest malls in the world.