I just got back from visiting the new Centro Comercial at Angamos with Marsano in the San Borja/Surquillo area.
It is beautiful. A giant indoor water feature, escalators with ramps instead of steps for carts (that, for some reason they do not allow carts to go on???) A giant cinema with a HIGH DEF 3D screen (WOW!!!!!, IT IS AMAZING).
A giant Saga, a Giant Sodimac, a giant Tottus, Starbucks, crepes, just about anything you need.....except CASH.
Almost none of the business except the big 3 accept credit card.
There is not a single open bank in the center
And best of all, for a place that many of the stores only accept cash....
NOT A SINGLE AUTOMATIC TELLER MACHINE in the building. Not 1...not even inside the grocery store.
I was curious who was the Genio who put the cart before the horse. Found out, it was the municipality, in a way..at least according to one shop owner I spoke to.
She told me that the municipality pushed and shoved for the place to be open before elections. They felt it was important. They said that they came very short of threatening the stores to push up opening dates and there are rumors that they might have cut some corners on construction to appease the g-men. I am not saying anything dangerous happened, I do not know..but things were rushed. In fact...they did not even have time to set the extra lines required for credit card processing in most of the stores..hence the lack of accepting credit cards or ATM's.
There are big signs that say VISA in front of the giant Cine and many people, after up to 30 minutes standing in line that wound randomly through the tables of the food court, many found out that the Cine was just joking as they did NOT in fact accept Visa. (now, another whole thread should be opened just to discuss the nature of lines and line management in Peru).
Now, caty-corner to the mall, across very busy Angamos and again across very busy Marsano, there is a BCP ATM at the gas-station. And as the police watch and laugh as groups of shoppers try to dodge traffic and road construction to attempt to take out some cash from the BCP...no one even thinks that since everyone and their mother is running for that ATM, it is out of money...but it is.
Across Marsono, in a dark and unlit area and no cross walk, there is a Global Net at an Interbank that still functioned, but one wonders for how long.
Then, as we went running back into the centro comercial and back to the cine to wait again in the line, we run past the beautiful and very interesting water treatment and I fall flat on my hind end (I was not actually running, that would be unsafe) but as it ends up, the water splashes all over the floor around this fountain and they have to have someone there constantly mopping it.
All part of the adventure of living here, but I wonder sometimes what people are thinking when they push to do something half way instead of taking the time to do it right.
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on Sun Sep 19, 2010 10:32 pm, edited 2 times in total.