| Breaking News: As of 3:00 p.m. queue at Metro Hi-Per from both entrances, seaside and terminal side were long. Customers have to wait for 20 customers to get out before another 20 could come in. |
By JANI ARNAIZ
October 8, 2011
MAASIN CITY – Only a handful were at the main entrance waiting for the opening of Metro Hi-per at nine in the morning but when the door shot open after the singing of Pambansang Awit throng from different directions easily packed the 3,000 sq. m. floor area of the hyper mart.
“I was a little bit worried really because there were only a few queuing at the entrance,” Ruby Rodriguez, VP for marketing told Inquirer, adding that she was only relieved after people were snaking in to the supermarket.
Rodriguez said “This is only a soft opening I don’t know if the same number of people would come during our grand opening sometimes at the end of this month.”
But we will be having some pakulo during our grand opening.
She said the people are kind. When they were told to make a line outside while waiting, they readily obliged.
Asked that her store would just be siphoning the people’s money here, Rodriguez said “Of course not, we spent a lot here and we employ people from Maasin. The electricity we consumed will be paid here.”
The Metro, owned by Vicsal Holding Corporation, is the first super market that opened in the city through public-private-partnership. It is located at the new bus terminal and public market at the sprawling four hectares reclamation area. It was built in less than six months.
According to Rodriguez, about 90 percent of around 300 personnel came from the locality with only a handful from their main store in Cebu City.
In an interview, Mayor Malone Samaco dashed the fears of small business owners and speculation of some sectors on the sustainability of the sprouting commercial establishments here in the city as he welcomes the opening of a big supermarket.
Samaco said the speculations of non-sustainability of these big businesses are “just that, mere speculations.”
“These big investors have studied long and hard on the feasibility of their multi-million investments before establishing a company in certain areas,” said Samaco.
This would even become a catalyst for other investments to come in. Pray tell me, small businesses will be sprouting around Gaisano.
Samaco though and other city government officials were not in hand during the opening.