Walmart is the biggest retail establishment in the US. It operates chains of big department and warehouse stores in 50 US states and 27 other countries, under different names. Walmart is obviously the blueprint for SM Department Stores in Manila. The blue theme is reminiscent of SM colors.
This is your complete one stop shop store where you can get anything you need from clothes, grocery, home products, hardware, toys and so on. Walmart is also known for its prices, which according to some is the lowest, compared to its competitors.
The Union Square is the major plaza of the city of San Francisco for public events and activities, private parties, concerts, art shows, public speeches as well as demonstrations and protests. It can be compared to our own Luneta Park in Manila or Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City. Union Square is right in the center of major department stores, boutiques, hotels, restaurants and tourist destinations in downtown San Francisco. To name a few events that are regularly held here are the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, Chinese New Year's Parade, St Patrick's Day Parade, Salvation Army's Celebrity Bell Ringing, Bay To Breakers and many more.
In this Hoiday season, the major attraction at Union Square is the Macy's Tree Lighting Event and the opening of the Ice Skating Rink. Locals and tourists never fail to drop by and visit Union Square and enjoy the festive mood and holiday promos of stores and shopping destinations - CBD
Located 80 miles from San Francisco, Gilroy Premium Outlet is a factory shopping outlet which offers an impressive collection of 145 premium and branded shops. Only here can you find branded products in one shopping area like Coach, Polo Ralph Lauren, Lacoste, DKNY, Tommy Hilfiger, Ann Taylor, Calvin Klein, Kenneth Cole, Bass, Banana Republic and much much more. It is so far the largest outdoor outlet center in California. Divided into 4 blocks, it is so big, you would need to drive to from one building to another.
There are a number of convenient restaurants near the outlets as well as connections to tranportation (bus routes) and accomodations (hotels and inns) for those who would need more than a day to visit all the stores. Gilroy Premium Outlets is truly a shoppers haven and paradise - CBD
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The most popular shopping destination in San Bruno is the Shops At Tanforan. From the list of previous blogs on malls reviewed so far, this is the only mall that houses movie theaters, owned and operated by Century Theatres. In total, they have 20 screens, including XD digital and 3D theaters , inside this mall.
The Shops At Tanforan also offers the best in shopping with anchors like Sears, JC Penney, Barnes & Noble, PETCO and Target. Other popular stores inside are Old Navy, G By Guess, Hollister, Nine West, Victoria's Secret and Forever 21. When it comes to dining, they have BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse and Hooters. Further, this is only mall that has a bi-level food court featuring fastfood favorites like Panda Express, Starbucks, Andersen Bakery, Burger King, Coldstone Creamery, Great Steak and Potato, Mai Thai, Italia Express and for the pinoys, Jollibee Fastfood. For the Christmas season, just like other malls and department stores, they feature Santa Claus at the main atrium for kids who would like to tell Santa their christmas wishes and shoppers who would want to take pictures with him - CBD
Stonestown Galleria is located in San Francisco along 20th Ave. and near the San Francisco State University. Its a fairly sized mall, similar with SM Sta, Mesa and has Nordstrom, Macys, Trader Joe's and Borders Books as anchors. The interior design of the mall reminds me so much of Glorrieta. Its like a mini Glorietta with its small center court, dramatic skylines, the white columns, clean hallways, an elegant foodcourt and an upscale clientele.
Their other high end tenants are Apple, See's Candies, Bath and Body Works, The Body Shop, Godiva Chocolatier and Coach. In addition are classy restaurants like Boudin Bakery and Cafe, Chevy's Fresh Mex, Nordstrom Cafe, Olive Garden and Starbucks. For the shopaholics, besides Macys and Nordstrom, you can shop at Nine West, Victoria's Secret, Gap, Eddie Bauer, J. Crew, Ameican Eagle, Lucky Brand Jeans, Banana Republic, Forever 21, GUESS, Footlocker and H&M.
An added feature of this mall is their Stonetown Farmer's Market, held every Sunday, showcasing local merchants and certified farmers with a wide variety of quality produce and other specialties - CBD
Westlake Shopping Center is the next best shopping destination in Daly City. Anhored by TJ Maxx, Home Depot, Ross Dress for Less, Trader Joe's, Safeway, Walgreens, Burlington Coat Factory and DSW Shoes. The design of the center is comaprabale to that of Greenhills Promenade, Eastwood City and Metrowalk where shoppers are provided with wide, tree-lined promenade and convenient walkways to access the stand alone establishments.
Being situated in Daly City and just like Serramonte Center, this mall is popular amongst kababayans. There used to be a Gerry's Grill here but recently closed. I heard Pinoys found it a little expensive compared to their competitors and nearby food outlets. Other popular outlets located here are Starbucks, Jamba Juice, Chipotle Mexican Grille, Subway and newly opened Wingstop. We will review all these retail and restaurant outlets as we go along in the next blogs - CBD
Great Mall is the biggest indoor shopping center that i have visited, so far, within the Bay area. Its concept leans more on an outlet or clearance type of mall with minimal design in building aesthetics and style. Its strength and best features are the branded establishments and retail stores located inside. Famous names like Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Coach, Abercombie and Fitch, Calvin Klein, Kenneth Cole, Oakley Vault, DKNY and 200 and more department stores, shops and restaurants.
Yes, there is a Jollibee and a Red Ribbon outlet in one of the main entrances and seem to attract a lot of clients and not just our fellow kababayans. Their food court tenants (e.g. Subway, Little Tokyo, Cajun and Grille, Inay Filipino Kitchen etc...) and restaurants (e.g. Outback Steakhouse, Chipotle Mexican Grille, Arbys etc...) offers a wide variety of specialties which discerning customers will find acceptable to their taste. Snack counters (e.g. Starbucks, Mrs. Fields Cookies, Wetzels Pretzels, Cold Stone Creamery, Dreyers Ice Cream etc...) are also available for between meals for merienda - CBD
Serramonte Center Mall is the premiere shopping destination in Daly Ciy California. The mall is average in size (like Robinson Pioneer perhaps), one level, with big hallways and a good balance of natural lighting. Its anchor tenants are Target and Macys Dept Store. The food court appears to be newly renovated with nice seats and tables. It has a zen like koi pond and several lounges of elegant seatings for customers and shoppers to relax on.
I would call it a Pinoy Mall bacause most of the shoppers, to the cashiers and sales reps of most stores and restaurants are kababayans. Even some of the establishmants are very familiar with pinoys there in Manila, like Bench, Auntie Annes, Cinnabon, Sbarro,Taco Bell, McDonalds, Dairy Queen/Orange Julius, Manila Bay Cuisine (foodcourt tenant) and Bath and Body Works - CBD
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