The Roberto Santiago Manaira Shopping and its Rich History of Expansion

Businessman Roberto Santiago established a few large shopping malls in Brazil and changed the life and welfare of those cities for the better. Roberto Santiago is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of what is probably his proudest achievement- the Manaira Shopping Center.


Manaira Shopping Center is located in the Brazilian city of Joao Pessoa, and it is called after the street on which it was established. The Manaira Shopping opened its doors to visitors 28 years ago in November 1989. Over the nearly thirty years of operation, the Manaira Shopping Mall has transformed into one of the largest in the country. The ground area is currently 92,500 m², but it might increase in the next years.


In fact, Manaira Shopping has been enlarged a number of times in order to accommodate the growing amount of people that wanted to visit the mall as well as the stores and facilities that wanted to open the business in the building. The first enlargement of the mall was in 1993, and the architectural design was done by Maria Raquel and Carmen Raquel. In 1997, the mall was expanded a second time, and more than ten new stores were inaugurated.


In 2002, with the third enlargement of the Manaira Shopping Mall, the building started offering cinema services which attracted a new wave of visitors to the mall. A year later Manaira Shopping had to get a space for a garage and so it established four floors butt soon after it added two more to accommodate all visitors appropriately.


The forth enlargement in 2007 was one of the most spectacular ones. Manaira Shopping achieved a built area of 105,000m², and it also reached 260 working store in total, not counting facilities. One year later, the Food Plaza of the mall was expanded, and the building launched its Food Court. There are more than 3 000 seats and tens of restaurants, bars, ice cream parlors, and so on.


The year of 2009 marked a new ear for the Manaira Shopping Mall as the building had a stage established on top of it. It is an open stage called Domus Hall. It can accommodate thousands of seated people, and it can even be rented for parties and formal events.


After that, Manaira Shopping was expanded again in 2012 and had a more extensive Food Court, and in 2014, it launched a Gourmet Space which is a luxury dining area featuring a steakhouse and a desert place. In 2015, Tok Stok opened a store in the mall and offered furniture for the vast corridors of Manaira Shopping.


In 2016, Manaira Shopping achieved 84.908 m2 of GLA. A vast number of global luxury brands opened in the new space which feature wide corridors and beautiful architecture. Currently, Manaira Shopping is working on yet another enlargement, building more garage space.

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