Dagupan City’s name is a take-off from the word pandaragupan, which means “gathering place” in the local dialect. Located on the Lingayen Gulf on the northwest-central part of Luzon and within the fertile Agno River Valley, it is a major commercial and financial center north of Manila.
A regional market center for centuries, it recently welcomed another gathering place with the opening on SM Center Dagupan last Friday, October 4, 2019. It is SM Prime Holdings’s 74th mall and the third in Pangasinan after SM City Rosales and SM City Urdaneta Central.
Located close to the Dagupan Downtown District, the new SM Center Dagupan will bring residents and visitors a state-of-the-art two-story shopping center, complete with ample parking and a transport terminal. It will serve customers in this bustling area, as well as in nearby towns and cities in Pangasinan – Lingayen, Binmaley, Calasiao, Mangaldan, Santa Barbara, Malasiqui, and San Carlos City.
With approximately 23,000 square meters of floor area, the project master plan is organized along Calasiao-Dagupan Road with two separate entries to the shopping center and the SM Hypermarket for the convenience of all shoppers. At the other corner of the building, beside the Hypermarket entry, is access to the terminal at the back. The terminal also has a connection to Herrero Street on the southwest, next to another strategically placed entry to the retail center.
SM Hypermarket is the mall’s main anchor along with SM mainstays like SM Appliance Center, ACE Hardware, Watsons, Surplus, Sports Central, Simply Shoes, and Miniso. It also has fashion boutiques, shoe stores, sports shops, jewelry stores, bookstores, eyewear stores, and novelty shops. A Cyberzone features the latest IT and electronic goods.
Eating out options include popular local and international food chains, coffee shops like Starbucks and J. Co Donuts and Coffee, and specialty restaurants like Mesa, Pepper Lunch Express Plus, Ramen Daikoku by Ikkoryu, and Samgyeopmasarap.
The mall also has banks, wellness areas, and amusement centers to serve customers of all ages. For customer convenience, the mall has 278 parking slots, including those reserved for PWDs.