Robert Santiago is a Brazilian entrepreneur and the brain behind the biggest shopping mall in Joao Pessoa, Manaira Mall. He began his career in a cartonnage firm that specialized in designing and making cardboard cartons and then sold to various companies. Santiago later decided to venture into real estate business where he purchased a large land in Joao Pessoa. In the year 1989, he developed on that land a crown jewel in the city and named it Manaira shopping mall. Santiago is a holder of a degree in Business Administration from the University Center of Joao Pessoa. He also attended Pio X Marist College.
The construction of the extravagant Manaira Mall began in the year 1987, and after only two years it was ready for business. The mall holds a lot of shopping options including a large food court, a theater, a rooftop hall for concerts, games, a gym, a college as well as banks. The mall is the largest in Brazil and never lacks people going in and out on a daily basis. The rooftop concert hall is well air-conditioned and has a huge capacity of about 4,000 seated individuals and 10,000 standing. The hall is not only used for concerts, but also for other private events such as exhibitions, trade fairs, large conferences and weddings among others. Since the hall was specifically built for concert performances and other theatrical productions, it is highly equipped with advanced sound equipment and acoustics.
Entertainment is also taken care of at Manaira shopping mall because they have a theater featuring latest shows and several gaming options. Games include bowling and a fully equipped electronic amusement park. Food is also catered for since the year 2008 where the food court was expanded into a full-service restaurant that accommodates everyone depending on your appetite and budget.
Almost everyone in the city has something to enjoy or see in the shopping complex. You will find merchants selling different items such as clothing, furniture, books, jewelry, sports items and many others. Students are also considered because a higher education college has its space along with a fitness center and financial institutions.
Roberto Santiago has been working on developing Manaira shopping mall for the last 20 years in ways that every customer gets satisfied. The concert hall has attracted talented music bands from Brazil as well as from other nations who may be without the hall would not have come. The community has received support from Santiago through the provision of cultural experience at the mall. Read more on TripAdvisor