Malls and Holidays

Philippines
December 20, 2016 5:38am CST
I was so surprised when I read the news that SM, the most extensive mall chain in the Philippines, now has 7 malls in Mainland China. SM City Tianjin is their newest mall. The rest are located in Xiamen, Jinjiang, Chengdu, Suzhou, Chongqing and Zibo. When we were growing up, it was called Shoemart Department Store selling clothes, shoes, bags, and houseware. Now it's called a mall, with all kinds of goods, services, events and entertainment imaginable, and 58 branches from Luzon to Mindanao. The mall hours used to be 10am to 9pm, Monday to Sunday. Now it is 11am to 11pm for this holiday season. They used to close on holidays, for example, Christmas Day. But as malling has become part of life here, they just close a few hours earlier on December 24, then open a few hours later on December 25 because people here now prefer to go out. What time do the malls open and close where you live? Are they open even on holidays? If you were a business owner, would you stay closed so that not only you, but also your employees can enjoy the holidays?
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@sunrisefan (17931)
• Philippines
20 Dec 16
Perhaps they can divide the workforce into two - one group will be off on Christmas day and the other will have their day off on New Year's Day. That way, it will be a win-win situation for employees and the malling public :)
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• Philippines
20 Dec 16
i'm sure they already do that. it seems people would rather spend now, than cook, gather at home, then clean up. there's also more 'attractions' outside, like the mall, cinema, amusement parks, or just going to qc circle and luneta.
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@sunrisefan (17931)
• Philippines
20 Dec 16
@hereandthere Good then if that is done by the malls :)
@sunrisefan (17931)
• Philippines
20 Dec 16
@HAPPSINGH Thanks friend. The employees need to enjoy the holiday too :)
@SIMPLYD (79762)
• Philippines
22 Dec 16
No wonder Henry Sy is one of the richest person in the Philippines . Here too , malls are open on 25th as it always is . It's also our daughter's birthday , so after we went to church , we would go to the mall and shop for her , with her choosing what she wants . Then we go to a restaurant of her choice , to eat . So, i am happy that the malls are open even on Christmas day . But they are closed on January 1 though .
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• Philippines
22 Dec 16
i guess she will spend christmas and new year with you?
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@SIMPLYD (79762)
• Philippines
22 Dec 16
@hereandthere No , she will be arriving 26th morning because she will be taking the bus 25th in the evening . She still have a duty at the hospital on the 24th until the wee hours of 25th . Then she will go back to Manila by 29th evening . It was a last minute decision when she was told that she had vacation from 25 to 31 . She has to be there on the 30th because she also would like to spend the New year with her boyfriend's family .
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• Philippines
22 Dec 16
@SIMPLYD she will spend christmas and her birthday at the hospital
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@epiffanie (10466)
• Australia
26 Dec 16
Yes.. when I left the Philippines, it was only a department store called ShoeMart ..
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• Philippines
28 Dec 16
there was actually another one when i was much younger called good earth emporium and i remember my mother treated me to a chocolate parfait.
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@epiffanie (10466)
• Australia
28 Dec 16
@hereandthere Oh yes! I remember that department store... Much cheaper prices than in Rustan's ..
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• Philippines
28 Dec 16
@epiffanie rustan's was the only pricey store back then. now there are more.
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@much2say (39274)
• United States
3 Jan 17
The mall is such a hangout these days - they will do what it takes to make you stay and make you want to spend your money . Most malls around here are attached to department stores . . . and the department stores might have slightly different hours than the rest of the mall during holidays or special shopping days. Typically the mall hours are from 10am - 9pm - but opens earlier and closes later in December. I think the malls are closed on Christmas - and it might close earlier on certain holidays . . . but I've noticed most merchants are open most of the year these days.
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• Philippines
4 Jan 17
who would have thought you could go ice skating, book a karaoke room, have archery sessions, watch a live concert at the mall, have your shoes, bags or watch fixed, pay your bills and exchange foreign currency all in one place?
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@much2say (39274)
• United States
4 Jan 17
@hereandthere Seriously, right? And your big mall has a gigantic ice rink. Our malls don't have rinks - not our local ones anyway - but they did many, many years ago. You can have all your meals at the mall too - if you're willing to pay for them. All they need are places for people to sleep and shower - then people could go live at the mall!
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@garymarsh6 (14112)
• United Kingdom
23 Dec 16
The majority of shops close in the UK on the 25th. There are a few grocery stores open. Years ago the shops would close for 2-3 days but these days only one day. The only day shops are not allowed to open is on Easter Sunday it is against the law to open on this day! Happy Christmas to you!
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• Philippines
23 Dec 16
easter is saved! business seems to take precedence now. merry christmas, gary!
@cahaya1983 (10053)
• Malaysia
22 Dec 16
The malls here typically open at 11 a.m and close at 10 p.m (11 p.m on weekends). They're open even on holidays.
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• Philippines
23 Dec 16
some malls here also adjust for weekends and holidays, but have fixed times on weekdays and regular days.
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@averygirl72 (16656)
• Philippines
21 Dec 16
Wow there are 7 malls now in China. China is bigger than the Philippines more income, more people for sure. The mall near us will be close during Christmas and New Year but will be open the following day
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• Philippines
23 Dec 16
maybe henry sy and his children see more potential there. maybe there aren't that many malls there yet, unlike in other asian countries.
@ilocosboy (34325)
• Philippines
20 Dec 16
Well, that wouldn't be surprising knowing Henry Sy, the owner, is a Chinese descendant, same as other 10 most wealthiest in the Philippines.
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• Philippines
21 Dec 16
i was surprised that they now have 7 in all in china, meaning it's been going on for a few years now
@Kandae11 (37175)
20 Dec 16
There will always be people, who for whatever reason don't want to stay home during the holidays. Then there is the extra pay.
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• Philippines
20 Dec 16
times have certainly changed. i hope all employees receive holiday pay.
22 Dec 16
wow, 7 malls in China! Henry Sy has gone a long way.
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@ridingbet (53195)
• Philippines
21 Dec 16
like you, i am also wondering why.
@Tina30219 (34268)
• Onaway, Michigan
21 Dec 16
Not sure becausd we have no mall by where we live we have to drive 2 hours to get to one.
@shaggin (36888)
• United States
21 Dec 16
Is it an indoor mall or where there are a bunch of stores in a plaza and called a mall? The malls around here are dying out.
@Jessicalynnt (47895)
• Centralia, Missouri
20 Dec 16
malls out here seem to be a dying breed
@LadyDuck (157830)
• Switzerland
20 Dec 16
Our mall hours are from 9 am to 8 pm, except Thursday that is 9 am 9 pm. The Sundays and the holidays all the stores are closed, this is dictated by our government no one can decide to stay open.
@Platespinner (16522)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
20 Dec 16
I avoid malls, so I have no clue when the ones around here open and close.
@simone10 (21657)
• Louisville, Kentucky
20 Dec 16
I haven't been to a mall in years so I really have no idea what their store hours are. I don't think there are too many stores here that are open on Christmas day though. If I had a business, I would definitely be closed Christmas day.
@JudyEv (123432)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Dec 16
Because I rarely go to our nearest city - or any other one - I really don't have any idea of the hours they keep. But times have certainly changed.