At one point, Filipinos took pride in the SM Mall of Asia being so large of a mall — so much that they thought it deserved to be one of the top places one has to see when exploring the Philippines. Not that it’s untrue, but this idea has been built up so much that we forgot SM City North EDSA, SM Megamall, and SM Seaside City Cebu exist.
These are the three largest SM malls, after all. Even then, there are branches of the shopping mall chain located outside the Philippines that are just as impressive, if not more. In fact, they beat all other SM malls found locally in terms of size.
Where is the largest SM Mall found?
According to SM Supermalls, the largest branch SM store in the world is located in Tianjin, a port city in northeastern China. Opened in December 2016, it measures a whopping 565,000sqm, about the size of 70 football fields. It is also the third-largest shopping mall in the world in terms of its gross leasable area.
“Its expansive size accommodates more than a thousand tenants that range from domestic retailers and restaurants to foreign brands,” SM Supermalls states on their website. “Like most SM Supermalls flagships, SM City Tianjin boasts a contemporary design that resembles a flower when viewed from above.”
Notable SM malls outside the Philippines
SM City Tianjin is one of seven SM malls found in the Land of the Red Dragon. The other branches are SM City Jinjiang; SM City Chengdu; SM City Suzhou; and SM City Chongqing. There’s also SM City Zibo and SM City Xiamen, which was the first Chinese branch of the Philippine lifestyle retail brand. It first opened in 2001 as a department store.
Aside from SM malls in China, the brand also has an overseas presence in the United States of America. SM Island Guam is located inside Agana Shopping Center on the U.S. island territory of Guam. The small shopping center is also owned by SM and first opened in 1978.
All images credited to SM Supermalls.