Roberto Santiago is an entrepreneur in Brazil’s Joao Pessoa city. His Date of Birth is July 16, 1958. He went to Pio X-Marist College, before joining the University of Joao Pessoa Centre for a Business Administration Undergraduate degree.
Santiago’s first job was at Café Santa Rosa, a Brazilian manufacturing company, that he quit later to start his own company, which he called cartonnage. It specialized in making cartons made out of cardboard.
He craved challenges, and so, he ventured into real estate, by buying a piece of land in 1987 and built the Manaira Mall on 75,000 square meters of land in Joao Pessoa city, Brazil. This shopping mall was constructed within 2 years, making his dream a reality.
The Manaira Shopping Mall was opened in 1989 and consisted of 280 stores that included a theatre, a food court, a gaming area, various financial institutions, shopping stores and a college. The Domus Hall, one of Brazil’s most famous halls is also situated at the Manaira Mall. It was designed on the rooftop, and it can host exhibitions, conferences, weddings and graduation ceremonies.
The Domus hall prides itself on being able to host more than 4,000 seats and can hold comfortably 10,000 individuals standing. It was upgraded with sound-proofed walls, high-tech music systems, and air-conditioners. It is also sub-divided with cabins for individuals who need privacy, while the ground floor is for big public events such as performances from Brazilian artists and also some International artists, who may otherwise not have visited Brazil, thus this great mall is a tourism booster.
There are many entertainment areas at the Manaira shopping mall, such as, a movie theater showing only the latest movies, a gaming area suitable for both adults and children that is built on 18,000 square feet, comprising of over 200 betting machines and a bowling alley.
The Mall also has a modern food court that has undergone numerous renovations over the years to offer different tastes that suit everyone’s budget at all times. They include classy dining places like the Waynes, Espaco Gourmet, the capital Steakhouse and various fast food restaurants.
This Great Mall is located between 2 beaches, giving it an amazing view. The parking can accommodate over 3,000 cars on a 135 feet parking space.
Santiago was not finished yet, and in 2013, he constructed yet another shopping mall, known as Madeira. It is no different from Manaira, with diverse business impacts.
These two malls have attracted advantages to the area, with many corporations and enterprises moving to the area and boosting the economic and social status of Joao Pessoa. They have created employment opportunities for many residents. Moreover, the land around the area has appreciated gradually, giving an increase to the economy.