Manaira Shopping Mall is one of the highlights of Joao Pessoa. It is located blocks away from this city’s beaches located on the Atlantic Ocean. Because it offers so many shopping, entertainment, and cultural options many residents of the greater Joao Pessoa visit this mall on a weekly basis. It was founded by entrepreneur Robert Santiago who acts as its chief executive officer. He established this mall in 1989 and ever since he has retooled the mall in order to keep it modern so that customers keep coming back for more.
Roberto Santiago is well known in Joao Pessoa as a businessman, trader, and sportsman. After graduating from college he started working at Café Santa Rosa which is a large supplier of furniture and home decor. He then went into business for himself and opened a cartonnage company. Once he had accumulated enough money he bought the land on which Manaira Shopping Mall now sits in the mid-1980s. After designing the mall construction began in 1987 and took two years to be completed.
Manaira Shopping mall has as a large area inside of it called Game Station. This place includes 200 gaming machines and a bowling alley. Another really popular place to be entertained is Domus Hall which is on the roof of Manaira Shopping Mall. Roberto Santiago added Domus Hall about 10 years ago. This is one of the largest concert halls in Joao Pessoa. It contains two floors with the top one being the one to hold public events in while the lower floor is for private events. It’s not just concerts that are held in Domus Hall as many fairs, weddings, graduations, and trade shows have been held there as well. Educational exhibitions are also held there which are often attended by groups of young students from area schools.
Another entertainment option that Roberto Santiago was able to bring to Manaira Shopping Mall is an 11 screen theater. Two of these screens have been upgraded with Active 3D technology. Beyond entertainment this mall also has an enormous food court area. Over the year he has added onto it so that know it can cater every taste and budget. Trip Advisor’s website is filled with positive reviews about the food court calling it one of the highlights of visiting Manaira Shopping Mall.
As a sportsman Roberto Santiago does kart racing and participates regularly in the Brazilian Kart Championship. He remains the only Brazilian person who has won this event. He also drives in state championship races where he has won many times. Additionally, he races in 250cc, 250vc, and 125 cc motocross racing where he has also won championships.