Robinsons Land Corporation will soon launch The Link, an expansion of its Robinsons Metro East mall that will provide a seamless connection to the adjacent Marikina station of the Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT-2).
The Link takes inspiration from Hong Kong and its malls that are connected directly to the MTR in most districts, as well as London’s “Hop-on Hop-off” experience by bus.
With a total area of approximately 4,000 square meters, The Link features grab-and-go shops that will cater to commuters as well as residents of nearby communities.
“Located on the second level, The Link will have a mini-grocery, drugstore, optical shops, bank, grab-and-go food kiosks, and pasalubong shops for your last-minute shopping,” said Robinsons Malls Regional Operations Director Myron Yao. Since the transport hub is a major linking point between work and home for many commuters, The Link allows them to do a quick shopping run, before or after their train ride.
Through RLC’s synergy with Robinsons Retail Holdings, Inc., a sister company under the Gokongwei Group, The Link will also have specialty retail outlets, such as the popular Korean store No Brand and Pet Lovers Centre. “We are making essential stores more accessible to our customers,” added Yao.
Apart from The Link's retail outlets, it will house medical and wellness facilities on the mezzanine level. Thoughtfully designed, the facilities are highly accessible to persons with disabilities, as an elevator will be made available to serve them exclusively.
The operation of the LRT-2 extension is a boon to the mall and other existing commercial establishments in the area that were not only hit hard by the pandemic, but have also suffered for years due to the heavy traffic in the area – “a major turn-off among shoppers and tourists who used to frequent our mall,” said Yao.
The addition of the Marikina and Antipolo stations along the LRT-2 line stands to benefit more patrons of Robinsons Metro East, as it gives them the option of taking the train to the mall instead of driving their own cars. This not only allows them to save on gas and parking costs, it lets them beat the weekend traffic as well.
With the opening of The Link and the LRT-2 extension, the five-level Robinsons Metro East is now more accessible to commuters and shoppers. For the residents of Pasig, Marikina proper, and lower Rizal (Cainta, Angono, Taytay, San Mateo, Rodriguez, and Antipolo) who regularly commute to and from these areas, Robinsons Metro East now serves as an appealing, convenient, and highly accessible gateway to the east.
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