Even in the past, Iloilo was already a forerunner in business and trade. Before the turn of the 20th century, Hoskyns and Co., the first department store in the country, opened in Calle Real, the prime shopping district of the city back then. Today, the huge consumer spending in Iloilo has given rise to several malls in the city.
SM City is the biggest and most popular mall in Iloilo, having a gross floor area of 105,953 square meters. It was opened on June 1999 and is built on a 17.5 hectare lot. It is located along Diversion Road (Benigno Aquino Avenue)
Robinsons Place Iloilo is one of the three world-class shopping malls of Robinsons Land Corporation in the Visayas Region. Strategically located right in the center of downtown Iloilo, it complements the city’s busiest business district. It is bordered on all sides by main thoroughfares – De Leon, Ledesma, Mabini and Quezon Streets.
Gaisano City Iloilo is the second Gaisano mall in the city, located in La Paz District. It is six floors tall, including the basement. It houses 5 cinemas.
Other Shopping Centers
Marymart Center is a popular mall in Iloilo City, located in Valeria-Delgado Sts. It is composed of three buildings connected by elevated walkways.
The Atrium is a 3-level mall, located in Bonfacio Drive (a short walk from the Iloilo Provincial Capitol).
SM Delgado, located in Delgado-Valeria Sts just across Marymart Center, is the first stand alone SM outside Metro Manila when it started operations in Nov. 15, 1979.
Gaisano Guanco is the first Gaisano in the city and has served the Ilonggo market for decades . It is located in Guanco St., City Proper.
A 2 storey mini mall located beside a Amigo Terrace hotel.
Jaro Town Square is a new “mini-mall” in Quintin Salas, Jaro. The tenants in this building include an SM Supermarket (Iloilo’s 4th), Jollibee, Rose Pharmacy, Emcor, and a large Mandaue Foam Showroom.