Joao Pessoa’s Real Estate Icon, Robert Santiago.

It is impossible to talk of Joao Pessoa without the mention of the famous real estate investor Robert Santiago. He is the man behind business transformation in the State of Paraiba, in Brazil, through his magnificent malls Manaira and Mangabeira Shopping.

Santiago was born in 1958 in Joao Pessoa. He went for his studies at Pio X-Marist College, before joining University Center of Joao Pessoa for a Business Administration degree. For a start, Santiago was employed at Cafe Santa Rosa, a decorative products company. His passion for business, however, convicted him to start his own company, Cartonnage Company, where he started selling packaging cartons and later on other decorations to the surrounding population.

Santiago decided to venture into real estate, and in 1987 he bought a piece of land in Joao Pessoa, in which he erected a mall. After two years, Santiago launched Manaira Shopping Mall, which today is a monumental mall and a home for entertainment, family, and shopping. The mall is situated at Paraiba Capital on a land of 75,000-meter square. It offers different entertainment services to the people of Joao Pessoa as well as the population of vast Brazil. It has 280 stores which comprise of bowling alleys, restaurants, movie theaters, food courts, ballrooms, hyper-store, gaming area, a college, a gym, a bank, and shopping areas.

Nothing interests tourists and the visitors of Manaira mall more than the movie theaters, which are known all over Brazil. With there being 11 of them in the mall, 3 of them have been equipped with the modern 3D technology, with the rooftop theater having a capacity of 4,000 seats. The gaming station is fitted with 200 gaming machines, featuring a variety of games suitable for both kids and adults.

Since the construction of the Manaira Shopping Mall, several expansions and renovations have been done to achieve its current appearance. It is the first mall of its kind, has led to an enormous economic growth in Joao Pessoa. It has also been a source of employment for many residents of Joao Pessoa.

In addition to his first mall, Manaira, Santiago also owns another mall at the south of Joao Pessoa, called the Mangabeira (Mangeira) Shopping which was launched in 2014. This is the second largest and the most modern architectural design in the whole of Brazil. The ceiling, glass work, lighting system gives the interior of the mall a natural beauty and sophistication. Mangabeira Shopping has 212 stores and is build in a 112,000m² land.

Just like its sister mall, Manaira, Mangabeira is also a leisure and entertainment hive with a game station, 6 movie theaters, spacious food court, two playgrounds, a bowling alley and several shopping stores.

While his entrepreneurial expertise is evident through these two successful malls, Santiago is also a big fan of sports. He engages in motorsports during his leisure time and he has earned several trophies through them.

 

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