Big grocery chain
eyeing to expand at Leyte Gov’t Center
Media Relations Center
November 7, 2009
TACLOBAN CITY – Not
another mall but a big national grocery chain is eyeing to open a new
branch at the
Leyte Governor Carlos
Jericho Petilla disclosed this amid talks of a possible new mall
player to come in after the successful opening of the first ever mall
in the city of Tacloban.
“I don’t think another
mall would be viable at the moment. The first mall has just opened
this year. We have to give them a chance to grow first on its own,”
Gov. Petilla said.
A period of three to
five years, the governor added, would be sufficient time for the
current mall owner to grow and development before a new player in this
business could come in and flourish in the same way.
Gov. Petilla however
disclosed that not a mall, rather a “big grocery chain” is eyeing a
site at the Government Center as expansion of its branch. He otherwise
did not disclose yet the name of the possible locator.
The number of
employees working at the various government offices located at the
Government Center, workers inside the Leyte ICT Park and schools
located nearby are seen to provide a big market for a grocery chain to
open in the area, the governoir said.
He likewise added that
drawing these kind of companies and businesses to the Government
Center is part of the long-term plan of the province charted when he
first assumed office in 2004.
development project for the
is seen to draw together the principal elements of shopping, business
and recreation within a single spot with the rehabilitation of a
five-star hotel, an accessible IT facility, government offices,
commercial areas and a public transport terminal which is already
Gov. Petilla said that
if the unutilized portion of the vast land at the Government Center
will be turned into an intensive commercial and tourism hub, thousands
of jobs will be created for the Leyteños. Creation of even a grocery
chain would mean jobs for the unemployed in the area and nearby towns
“This will also stir
the economy not only of the
but of the entire Eastern Visayas,” Governor Petilla told local media
in an interview.
As the infrastructure
and other facilities are being put into place by the provincial
government, the governor said, the next big step in the coming years
would be for “more investors to come in to invest and expand their
business operations here in the province.”