Thursday, March 23, 2006
zara opens in glorietta
remember when we first spotted the zara sign in glorietta last november? well, today they finally tore down the black boards and opened their doors at the location formerly known as woman's ground floor. there was not much fanfare, unlike last year's power plant opening, just a handful of guests and press and a mini fashion show inside the store (siguro naubos na ang budget sa pag-gawa ng store, haha!). unless of course, they plan to have a grand launch eventually. a long time ago in a shopping center far, far away from our consciousness, the area where woman is now used to be a strip mall called north mall. if you are in your 20s and below, you probably won't remember. this was when glorietta was still known as quad (1, 2, 3 and 4), and the glorietta activity center was an open-air plaza where concerts and events were held, and makati supermart was still in makati (now it's in alabang, go figure). north mall had fairmart, cinderella, national bookstore and a fast food (was it mcdonald's?). the owners of fairmart (who are the same owners of woman) supposedly have the lease on that land for like a hundred years or something, so technically, they still own that part of glorietta (or something like that, we don't know the legalese). to make a long story short, rumors are rife that the woman/fairmart people are part owners of zara in glorietta (along with store specialists inc or SSI). are you still with us so far? fairmart also owned the lease on greenbelt shopping plaza, which is why ayala land could not tear down that eyesore for the longest time, but the lease recently expired and ayala wasted no time in demolishing it to make way for greenbelt 5 (which we heard will have an all-filipino-designer section with the likes of rajo laurel, randy ortiz and the YDG opening up there by next year; we shall see if ayala will stick to that concept...).
Posted by the fash pack at 6:01 PM