Always on the go and no time to visit food parks to enjoy a wide variety of food choices? Worry not! LRT-1 private operator Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) brings a one-stop shop to the stations for endless food possibilities as it partners with JS Pieces Prime Space Corp (StrEAT Market), the biggest Al Fresco Market operator in Manila.
With over 20 participating micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), the partnership of StrEAT Market and LRMC is certainly giving a whole new meaning to “food trip” as it will surely satisfy your cravings by just visiting LRT-1 stations to have something delicious to eat without leaving the metro.
The partnership kicked off with a formal launch at LRT-1 Balintawak Station that coincided with the Chinese Lunar New Year, and the start of less strict quarantine status of Alert Level 2 in Metro Manila last February 1, 2022. It was attended by representatives from LRMC and StrEAT Market making it more festive with the traditional lion dance after the ribbon cutting ceremony. For its opening promo, StrEAT Market also offered a “Buy 1 Take1” treat from 2pm to 4pm.
What to expect at the StrEAT Market? There are several food selections that LRT-1 passengers can choose from – Pinoy grilled favorites for the whole barkada, Korean food you’ve been craving for lately, Japanese food to enjoy with officemates, Hong Kong style pan fried noodles perfect for lovers, and bread and pastry for breakfast or snack to help you start your day deliciously. You can also relish every bite of shawarma after a busy day, skip the junk food and enjoy juicy burger, quench your thirst with fruit juices, and more.
Aside from enjoying delicious food, you can do some serious bargain shopping for clothes, shoes, accessories, and beauty items at the stations. StrEAT Market at LRT-1 is also here to help you find the gadgets you need for your lifestyle, and avail affordable parts and repair services of all major brands of mobile phones and laptops.
StrEAT Market kiosks are located at select LRT-1 stations: Baclaran, Blumentritt, and Balintawak. Kiosks will be at the LRT-1 from February 1 until April 30, 2022. They are open daily, from 7am to 7pm.
“We partnered with StrEAT Market for our passengers to have a complete commuting experience with convenience accessing their favorite food hubs and services. With all these various shops and available services open along the LRT-1 line, passengers can save a lot more time buying for what they need and what they want. This partnership also aims to further support MSMEs as they recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic by bringing them to a bigger market of opportunities,” said John Kelly F. Tan, LRMC Head of Business Development.
“StrEAT Market has been true to its promise of continuously providing assistance to its partner merchants to bring them to the mainstream market where more opportunity awaits,” said Rheybie C. Nipas, President of JS Pieces Prime Space Corp.
The partnership includes perks like startup-friendly rental rates, free use of kiosks, access to marketing assistance for brand exposure online, and mentorship on operations and marketing.
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LRMC is a joint venture company of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation and Sumitomo Corporation’s Metro Pacific Light Rail Corporation (MPLRC), Ayala Corporation’s AC Infrastructure Holdings Corporation (AC Infra), and the Philippine Investment Alliance for Infrastructure’s Macquarie Infrastructure Holdings (Philippines) PTE Ltd. (MIHPL). It assumed operations and maintenance of LRT-1 in September 2015 through a PHP 65-billion 32-year concession agreement with the Department of Transportation and the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA). LRT-1 is Metro Manila’s ISO-certified train system.