Xentromart Bagsakan opens in Urdaneta
URDANETA CITY – This city that never sleeps will soon find a place to spend the night –the XentromartBagsakan Center, a three-hectare modern trading facility for fresh produce from the different provinces.
Urdaneta is northern Luzon’s bagsakan area or a place where wholesale trading in conducted. It does not “sleep” in the sense that business is on a 24-7 basis. It is where merchants bring and buy truckloads of vegetables and fruits from different parts of Luzon.
However, the bagsakan area is bursting at the seam, with business conducted along the city’s narrow inner roads. The area is so congested that sometimes the merchandize flow onto the streets. Trucks could not load and unload right in front of the stalls as they will create traffic. Traders therefore have to hire “cargo pedicabs” to convey the goods from where the trucks are parked, to their stalls, and for the wholesalers to bring the produce to their vehicles.
The bagsakan market is also beset with sanitation problem with the volume of vegetables and fruits and the hundreds of businessmen and buyers that daily flock in the bagsakan center.
But the picture could change with the establishment of the XentromartBagsakan market which would open on August 15. The private bagsakan is located near the old bagsakan market and it is where trucks are usually parked now, said Manuel Roy, the manager of the Xentromart.
The P250-million Xentromart would be an alternative place for traders – a spacious and more comfortable one, Roy said. “It is expected to further boost the economic growth of the city which in now the premier trading center in Pangasinan and northern Luzon. It will also cater to traders who have no more space in the old bagsakan.”
“It will help decongest traffic along the old bagsakan, and help in the cleanliness campaign of Mayor Amadeo Perez IV,” Roy said. The city government has authorized the UrdanetaXentromart Inc. to establish the bagsakan market, through a franchise.
The Xentromart is located where the old cattle market used to be – at the back of the Catholic Church. The property was backfilled by one and a half meter from the road to prevent flood from entering the premises.
Roy said the project will have seven, two-story buildings with 264 units, but only 144 units (30 meters each) had been completed and ready for occupancy. The ground floor of each unit will be the business area while the second floor would be the sleeping quarters of the businessmen.
Between each building is a 16-meter wide road so trucks can load and unload right at the back of each unit without disrupting traffic. There will be a system of loading and unloading to ensure the efficient disposition of goods, he said.
Roy said the project’s phase II would be the construction of the remaining units while the third phase would be the construction of a warehouse and cold storage for the perishable produce like vegetables and fruits. With cold storage, businessmen will just have to display what they can sell for the day and keep the store the rest, thus minimizing deterioration of the produce, he said.
For the protection of the traders, the facility will have a 24-hour security and CCTVs, Roy said.
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