Calbayog City Construction Updates

On a recent trip to town for groceries, I dropped off the wife and, since I had my camera with me, I thought it would be a good time to get some updated photos of the current major construction processes of some new shopping venues currently underway in Calbayog City.


The first new business to open looks like it will be the new Novo store. We already have a Novo Fashion & General Merchandise outlet, but now we will have another. It will be called NOVO2 and will feature two floors of general merchandise and a 3 floor NOVOTEL above that. I don’t have much information about the hotel but I believe it is part of the Asia Novotel Group. Upon close inspection of the building, it looks like it could open soon. There are already store fixtures set up and in place on the second floor and the first floor looks about complete and ready for occupancy.

Novo Store similar to that already in Calbayog City.
A Novo Store similar to that already in Calbayog City.
The new Novo2 and Novotel.

I’m going to venture a guess and say the area where the new Novo2 is located will soon become traffic congested as the new Gaisano Super Metro is located almost directly across the street.

Gaisano Metro Hypermarket

Recently, the Visayas Operations Manager Of Metro Retail Stores (Super Metro) announced during their recent job fair at the Calbayog City Sports Complex that their branch in Calbayog which is the “Super Metro Calbayog” will open in January or February 2016!  Since then, an official announcement has been issued that the Grand Opening will be in January 2016. Once opened, it is said that the supermarket will be called “Metro Hypermarket.” Don’t hold me to that because I thought the “Hypermarket” was a Robinson’s trademark. Anyway, from the exterior of the building, you can see that all the ventilation and aircon ducting has been installed inside and work has begun on the exterior and the main entrance. It won’t be that much longer and we will be able to shop for groceries in aircon comfort and style! I know all of us expats are anxious to see the selections of foods and produce.


Work progresses on the new Gaisano Super Metro.
Work progresses on the new Gaisano Super Metro.


Gaisano Grand Mall

The other big ongoing project is the Gaisano Grand Mall located downtown Calbayog and is always a beehive of activity these days. Recent news indicates this new mall is a two building mall, with the 4 story building (currently under construction) will be connected via a pedestrian bridge to the 5 story structure across the street (not under construction yet). It looks like it might be a while before the wife gets to spend money here.


Gaisano Grand viewed from Magsaysay Blvd.
Gaisano Grand viewed from Magsaysay Blvd.
Gaisano Grand Mall viewed from Navarro Street.
Gaisano Grand Mall viewed from Navarro Street.


In other rumored news:

  • Chinabank and BDO employees are already in training for Calbayog branch, to be located at Robinson’s Place – Calbayog sometime in 2017.
  • SM Representatives visited Calbayog recently to look for a possible site of Savemore.
  • There will be news about SM Calbayog, very soon???

This is all too much news for me to handle in one day so I think I will retire from this post and have a cold refreshment. All this future shopping makes me nervous.

13 thoughts on “Calbayog City Construction Updates

  1. I haven’t heard anything about the Savemore. I have heard rumors of a Pure Gold. I wonder if that will ever materialize? I didn’t realize that the Gaisano Mall was going to be so tall, but I guess that the space that it’s actually in is not that large. With all these supermarkets popping up it looks like JustMar will be out of luck, since they have no a/c and their aisles are too narrow. You’re right that I’m anxious to see the food selection and produce at all these up and coming markets, although I have little problem buying most of our produce at the little roadside locations or the wet market. Also Robinson Mall is still suppose to be being built. Wow! This city may just be getting too big for me.

  2. There is a Save-a-Lot already under construction on the west side of town…I didn’t have time to get a pic on that one. Savemore is in still in the land scouting process. JustMar will most likely survive and become the lowest priced store for the average filipino. They will know how to compete on pricing. I mentioned Robinson’s Place in 2017.

  3. I’d hate to see the fils change too much. I hope that there will always be markets. A lot of the markets in France & spain have gone or are only in town one day a week.

  4. if you get a savemore I think you will enjoy it. we do a lot of shopping at savemore .we have two savemore stores in sorsogon city. they are somewhat like a western style grocery store that also carry international goods. there is also a money exchange, liquor store with international liquors & wines. and bakery . wife can buy her mascotto & captian morgan there . never tried there bakery do to there is a graceland in town with a lot of choices on baked goods and the best halo holo in town.

  5. Steve, I think as long as there is widespread poverty, and with the number of small scale farmers in the Philippines, there will always be markets…and plenty of them.

  6. Roger, We have shopped at the Savemore in Tacloban and it is nice. It will be a welcome change for us here in Calbayog City. Aircon and spacious isles will be a major plus!

  7. Yes!!! Gaisano is known for low prices in terms of Groceries 🙂

  8. Hi again, Randy,

    Actually, I believe “Hypermarket” is a SM name. At least it is the Grocery brand name in Baliuag, (the nearest SM grocery outlet to us). There is a Robinson’s only about 1 Km from our house and a Pure
    Gold at the outskirts of town and a Walter Mart in Plaridel (about 5 Km from our house).
    But it should be good for you down there having so many new food stores. At least competition usually keeps prices down as much as overhead will allow. But nothing beats the “open air” or “farmers'” markets. At least prices are usually negotiable at these markets.

  9. Super metro is under staffed and poorly managed, never in all my travels have I had to wait on average more than 30 minutes in a check out line.somthing needs to change fast of my shopping will be done elsewhere.

  10. Ha, things are improving! Good luck… you won’t find taco shells or refried beans anywhere else in town! See ya on aisle 5!

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