17 November 2009

‘One-stop-shop’ commercial center opens in Subic Freeport

A new commercial center, offering products and services ranging from grilled chicken and medicine to cell phone repair and lotto picks, has opened recently near the Subic main gate.

Appropriately named as One Stop Shop Building, the facility took over the former bleacher area of the then Subic baseball triangle along Magsaysay Boulevard, near the Remy Field sports complex.

Stefani Saño, senior deputy administrator for business and investment of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), said the new commercial center was actually inspired by the “one-stop-shop” concept being promoted by the SBMA here to provide the public with efficient, fast, and quality service.

“Subic really is becoming a place of one-stop attractions,” Saño said, pointing out that the Freeport started out with entertainment facilities grouped around forests or water park themes.

“Then from the same concept that SBMA introduced years ago for visa applications, export and import transactions, and business accreditation, here come the one-stop-shop lanes,” he added.

The latest of Subic’s one-stop-shop centers offers almost everything from the latest electronic gadgets and mobile phones, to beauty products and services.

Spaces at the second floor of the building, meanwhile, will be devoted mostly to office operations by various companies.

At the ground floor, the commercial spaces now house various outlets like Smokey’s Hotdog Bar, San’s Shawarma, Oh My Grill, Ground Zero Telecoms, Sun Shop Express, Fonerange Communications, EALM Lotto Station, and Star Botica.

Joaquin Buenaflor, president of Star Botica, said that with the cooperation of United Laboratories (Unilab), the new drug store hopes to provide affordable medicines for all.

He added that the company hopes to benefit the more than 5,000 employees of the SBMA and about 50,000 workers employed by Subic Freeport business locators.

The one-stop-shop center is also located a few meters from a movie house, fast food stores, banks, hotels, restaurants, as well as the Subic gymnasium and other sports facilities.

Saño said another one-stop-shop can be found along the Waterfront Road, where visitors can indulge in music, food, sports and wellness, and entertainment.

He added that two other similar groupings of business establishments are rising at the Subic seaport area and the Subic Gateway area.

These one-stop-shop centers are becoming popular among visitors, workers and residents in the Subic Bay Freeport, Saño also said. (SBMA Corporate Communications)

PHOTO: Joaquin Buenaflor, president of Star Botica, presents their line of products during the opening of the drugstore at the new “One Stop Shop” commercial center in the Subic Bay Freeport.