Spending a night in Ubon allows me to catch up with friends, food and gossip!
Two months ago I blogged about the City Mall which is building a new seven theatre complex which is going to be run by the SF group. Management told me that English movies will be regularly shown as part of the film rotations and that it was to be built where the existing small side car park on the southern side is located.
Just as we were checking out of the Sunee Hotel yesterday I noticed that the car park was now blocked off and that construction had begun. I also noticed however that some serious construction work was happening between the two towers on the side of the main road. It looks like they are going to link the two towers over the entire three floors and really expand the already huge floor space that they have. Someone told me later though that it is where the new cinema is going. If that is true then what is happened in the side car park?
It would make sense to have the cinema linking the two towers but now I am a little confused. I did not get a chance to ask management and won’t be able to before I leave so does anyone else know the full story?
In other news (not gossip this time) SK mall have announced to that they are going to spend 20 million baht ($666,000) on upgrading their current cinema, build a three story car park on the existing car park and give the entire place a much needed face lift. I say much needed as the entire place really is very depressing and given what City Mall are doing this upgrade is extra important for their survival.
Now for some shopping centre gossip. Many locals will have heard the rumours over the last few years of Central opening a new centre right next door to Big C on the main road. I heard a new twist on this and that is a new centre will indeed be build and very soon but it will not be by Central. It will be a private enterprise and will be aiming for the very high end market with all the big brand name stores that you might find in places like Paragorn in Bangkok. If this does eventuate what do you think? Is Ubon ready for this sort of place? I don’t think so. Sure there are plenty of very wealthy families in this city but they are the sort of people that will fly to Bangkok or overseas whenever the urge for some retail therapy hits them. There will be a lot of window shoppers though!