Glorietta used to be a park surrounded by retails shops and restaurants. The only big building in the park’s perimeter was the QUAD, a 1970’s building comprised of four cinemas. The Glorietta park was a refreshing space to sit and rest in between window shopping and bar hopping around the perimeter.
In the 1990s Ayala Land Corporation decided to renovate QUAD and Glorietta Park. The concept was to out in one roof all the establishments in the park’s perimeter and more. Phase by phase Glorietta was built. Glorietta 1 to 4 are anchored by the former QUAD theatres. Glorietta 5 is a separate building across Rustan’s and the Manila Intercon. However, mall hopping has never been easier because there are series of interconnected bridgeways and walkways that make traversing from SM Makati to G 1 to 4 (as popularly called) to Rustan’s , Landmark and Greenbelt a “breeze”. All you have to do is park in the multi-level underground parking area and from there, you can walk to all the malls within the commercial complex.
Glorietta is “almost” a one-stop shopping center. “Almost” because the complex does not have a supermarket area. This shortcoming is more than compensated by the neighboring supermarkets of Rustan’s, SM Makati and Landmark.
The retail stores and restaurants in Glorietta are diverse enough that many different people from all walks of life enjoy shopping and window shopping at Glorietta. Easily accessible by both public and private transport, the mall is always teeming with people. The Mall has fully air-conditioned atrium with children’s play area and an activity center that is a venue for numerous trade shows and concerts, for the benefit of its shoppers. The fourth floor of Glorietta 4 is where the six cinemas are located.