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SM CEBU LACK OF UNFRIEDLY SEATING FOR ELDERLY HOW ABOUT THE REST OF SM MALLS?

And that's when we realised how some malls can be so user-unfriendly for senior citizens.



It makes good sense - both social and business - to cater to what these folks need.

You have to wonder why some mall owners like SM Cebu cannot provide seats benches with backs for the elderly.

 I posted the need for SM full back seating over a year ago and nothing has changed. (see my older posting that follows this),

You wonder if SM only  wants a sterile environment unclutted with the elderly or a photo perfect mall with their boxes for seats that their designers wanted or they don't want people in their malls waiting...with no benches with backs for the elderly.  Update: As of Sunday, July 13, 2014, Ayala Cebu joins the unfriendly mall seating for elderly as they took out most of the benches with backs in the public areas except the parking area. Formerly they had a number of benches for shoppers to rest while waiting for others shopping.  They still have more than SM Cebu but it shows a bad trend of having a sterile mall that looks beautiful but is not people friendly for resting except if go to a restaurant. I think it is a bad trend and shows a lack of needs of people sadly. Now there is less choice since they also joined the ranks of few benches for weary shoppers. Ayala has some of the terrible seats with no backs that look pretty but are not friendly for relaxing. Is anybody listening to elderly shoppers needs?


For now, my mum has decided to curtail her visits to bigger malls and opt for outings within the neighbourhood.  Older people are largely overlooked in what remains a youth-obsessed consumer marketplace.


In a study on older adults, over two thirds indicated that some malls do not have enough public seating.   Reference:   http://www.open.ac.uk/hsc/__assets/dh4bwtxdy7tqjqvhe2.pdf

Many older adults in the study found unfriendly spaces encourage older people to get what they need to do as quickly as possible and then get home with no lingering at the mall.

They ask why isn't the mall interested in their money?

Most restaurants have seats with backs but the mall mostly has stools as if it is doesn't want the older clients who probably have the most money?

 And few stools even.  There are lots of empty spaces where formerly benches used to be provided in the main hall public space on all floors but no more at SM Cebu. Picture perfect but no comfort for seniors.


SM fails to recognize that many older people have real needs just like the young and seem to be interested in design not comfort and meeting the needs of the elderly in seating in public places.

The resulting sense of alienation leads people to withdraw from the marketplace as they grown older. 

I find Ayala Mall still has many benches in the main mall and most of the time many people rest waiting for friends who are shopping as not everyone finishes shopping at the same time.

 I was even amazed at Ayala Makati that they had installed a bunch of old fashioned rocking chairs reserved for the elderly wow so thoughtful.


Why has SM Cebu become elderly unfriendly by removing all the benches and no sitting spaces in the main hall for people that wait but must stand at the railings while friends finish their shopping?


Parking area: Does SM think that customers must wait in their cars while waiting for relatives or friends to finish their shopping? Why not provide comfortable benches inside the air conditioned areas for customers or drivers to wait like other malls do? It alienates the richest consumers who idle by standing at the doorway in the air conditioning until everyone is ready. Such inconsideration of SM designers.

Ayala Cebu has lots of benches in the air conditioned part of their mall in the parking area in the lower levels. Convenient for those in cars waiting the rest of their family and meeting place.

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SM SEATING FOR TIRED SHOPPERS IS LACKING


SM MALLS IN CEBU NEED SEATING WITH BACKS FOR TIRED SHOPPERS AND ELDERLY!



Atrium seating for "tired shoppers" at Southlake Mall in Merrillville, Ind. featured live trees, fountains and modern art in 1976. The mall opened in 1973.

The mall of most American malls are places to take the family and relax while the family shops and gets entertained but in the SM malls in Cebu they have made it fairly hard to find seats with backs anymore for comfortable sitting while waiting in public areas.

 SM owners should take note of the elderly and shoppers by bringing back the comfortable seats with backs like most other malls provide for example Ayala provide extensive seating with backs for comfort rather than the uncomfortable box seats SM is now installing. I hope the new mall in SM Seaside will make it truly a fun and comfortable place to wait for family and relax with seats with backs too as malls are made for people to be comfortable and why not the seats too? SM CEBU HAS ELIMINATED MOST PUBLIC SEATING AND PUT THE INSTEAD THE VERY UNCOMFORTABLE BOX SEATS LIKE BELOW.  AND MAKE MORE SEATS AVAILABLE FOR RELAXING AND ENJOYING THE MALL EXPERIENCE!


The designers in SM malls are getting carried away with seating boxes with no backs and yes they look beautiful but for the elderly its very uncomfortable!!!
 MOST MALLS OFFER COMFORT TO THEIR SHOPPERS WITH FULL BENCHES WITH BACKS LIKE AYALA AND ROBINSONS
 
TAKE A LOOK AT THE TYPES OF SEATS FOUND AT OTHER MALLS CLICK THE LINK ABOVE AND WHY NOT MAKE SM MALLS WORLD CLASS TOO FOR SHOPPERS TO LINGER A WHILE AND SAVOR THE EXPERIENCE?

MALLS NEED SEATS WITH BACKS FOR THE ELDERLY AND HANDICAPPED


SEE MY NEW POSTING ON THIS SUBJECT AND NOTHING HAS CHANGED OVER A YEAR LATER SEEMS THEY WANT PHOTO PERFECT MALL PUBLIC AREAS WITH NO PEOPLE SITTING EVEN PARKING AREAS HAVE NO SEATS FOR WAITERS IN AIR CONDITIONING COMFORT...MAYBE THEY DONT WANT ELDERLY SENIORS AND THEIR MONEY?


 

SM SEASIDE CEBU NEEDS BURGER KING, WENDY'S, DAIRYQUEEN, TACO BELL, SUBWAY

SM Seaside City Cebu 
NEEDS BURGER KING, WENDY'S, DAIRY QUEEN, TACO BELL, SUBWAY 

THERE SHOPS ARE NOT IN CEBU YET AND WE WANT THEM!!!!!   CAN YOU OPEN AN OUTLET IN THIS NEW MALL DEVELOPMENT IN CEBU? 
http://smcebu.blogspot.com/

 

SM Prime Holdings has announced an adjustment to its destination mall project at the South Road Properties (SRP), into making it as big as the Mall of Asia

The 3rd SM shopping mall in Cebu, next to the newly opened SM Consolacion, the SM Seaside City Cebu will be a 4-level, circular-shaped, world-class retail mall with multiple anchors, including a two-story SM Department Store and SM Hypermart, a five-theater Cineplex and IMAX Theatre, an 18-lane SM Bowling and Amusement Center, and a food court flanking an ice skating rink.

In addition, the mall will have over 800 food and retail shops, including international brands.

From Philippine Star
http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=813234&publicationSubCategoryId=108
 
SM SEASIDE CEBU NEEDS BURGER KING, WENDY'S, DAIRYQUEEN, TACO BELL, SUBWAY
WE WANT SUBWAY IN CEBU
WE WANT BURGER KING IN CEBU


WE WANT TACO BELL IN CEBU

WE WANT WENDY'S IN CEBU

WE WANT DAIRY QUEEN IN CEBU

WE WANT A KENNY RODER'S OUTLET IN SM SEASIDE MALL
 

SM City Consolacion opens in Cebu

Retail giant SM Prime Holdings Inc. opened its 43rd shopping mall in the country, SM City Consolacion in Cebu,  June 1, 2012
 
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SM group to open upscale Radisson Blu Hotel in Cebu


Radisson Blu Hotel will be located at Cebu City’s North Reclamation Area, near the city’s international port, and SM City Cebu.

 

SMDC to launch low-cost condos projects in May, Great Innovation SM

Tuesday, April 27, 2010   SM Development Corp. (SMDC), the listed middle income property developer of tycoon Henry Sy, is joining the low-cost housing bandwagon as it bared a plan to offer condominium units priced P1.1 million and below.  It is a nice surprise to find SM is going into low cost condo development and the public and overseas contract workers will apprciate centrally located condos low priced near SM malls.  How many more 5 star condos does the country need? OFW and retirees want low priced condos not 5 star even if developers love the big margins on 5 star condos! More power to SM and to middle class development.   BUT WHY HAVEN'T THEY STARTED THE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT IN CEBU SEASIDE TOO? WE WANT IT NOW! THE REAL ESTATE IS BOOMING



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