Rumors have been flying thick and fast for the past few months now about the identities of the tenants of the soon-to-open SM City General Santos, SM Realty Holdings’ biggest mall in Mindanao.
None has been so persistent however than that of the supposed inclusion of the most famous and #1 coffee shop in the world, Starbucks in the list of SM’s locators.
Personally, I have been silent on the matter for sometime now but in reality, I relish the idea and although I have ceased to be much of a coffee drinker myself (I have switched to decaf and green tea), the thought of a Starbucks in GenSan really tickles my fancy. But I had to be sure and have been doing some sleuthing.
And now, from a reliable source – a Starbucks insider, comes this piece of information-
Yes, Bariles! STARBUCKS is definitely opening at SM City General Santos!
Whoa! This piece of great news basically brings to the forefront the magnitude of the trust and confidence that investors have on the economy of General Santos City and the whole of Soccsksargen, in general.
With the eventual setting up of its presence in the Home of the Champions, Starbucks will literally open the floodgates to more national players here.
The question however is, is GenSan ready for Starbucks and her premium-priced offerings?
A BIG YES to that, of course!!!
For one thing, GenSan has been priming herself for Starbucks for quite sometime now ever since local and similiarly-premium-priced cafes Coffee Club 101, Cafe Amoree, BluGre, Coffee Dream, Fagioli, Firenzo and MacGregor started changing the generals’ coffee drinking habits.
It’s good food and great service that generals want, that’s for sure. Just hand it over to them and definitely, just like her predecessors, Starbucks will be in for a royale welcome!