Roberto Santiago’s Manaira Mall in an expression of genius in design and location. The mall, covering 75,000 meters square, is sandwiched between two beaches, giving shoppers and revelers a panoramic view of the beaches and the ocean. It is located in his hometown of Joao Pessoa in Brazil.
The proprietor of the mall, Robert Santiago, is a resident of the Northern Brazilian city, Joao Pessoa located in Paraiba state. He graduated from the University of Joao Pessoa with a degree in Business Administration.
He worked at a small manufacturing company in Brazil, Café Santa Rosa as a fresh graduate. With his savings from this job, he opened his company Cartonnage that sold cardboard-made cartons to clients around the country.
Using the savings from the sales that his company made, he purchased the land on which he built his first shopping mall, the Manaira Mall. Even though he was only thirty years at the time, he went ahead to construct the expansive and exquisitely designed mall. It took him two years from 1987 to 1989 to execute this project to completion.
The mall is a major attraction for local and international visitors recording over 1.5 million visitors each month. It houses a number of international fashion stores, ultra-modern movie theaters, a food court, financial institutions, a fully equipped gym, a college and a gaming area. The games in the gaming area are suitable for people of all ages.
At the rooftop, the mall has a concert hall with a capacity of four thousand guests seated and ten thousand standing. It is fitted with high tech sound system and is popular with local and international artists who regularly hold concerts there. The air conditioning and soundproofed walls add to its comfort and allure. Weddings, graduations, conferences, and exhibitions are some occasions that take place there.
Roberto Santiago launched his second mall in the city in 2013. The second mall is known as the Mangiera. It is equally as exquisite as the first mall.
These two investments had raised the status of the city giving other local and international investors the confidence to venture in the city. In turn, the locals have gained from the jobs created and a world-class facility for shopping and fun. Investor confidence increased more in 2015 when the malls survived the economic crash that swept through the country. They did not feel the effect that many other businesses felt.
Robert Santiago is a role model to budding entrepreneurs. He has invested in real estate, entertainment and stocks.