Jockey Plaza

Day 002 – July 24, 2011

Now the thrilling conclusion (which started here) of our trip to Jockey Plaza.

As with any mall of a sufficiently large size, there is the issue of parking. Space is at a premium here in Lima and if there is an area where there can be parking, there is a company that will charge for that privilege. I am not used to having to pay to park at a mall, but, as the adage goes, “When in Rome…sorry, Lima…”

We grabbed our parking ticket at the entryway and there are kiosks around the mall where you can pay your fee after you have finished your shopping adventure. This is quite similar to the feature they have at some airports, including Dulles International Airport, where the system is called Pay & Go.

I didn’t take good notes to see what the system is called here, but our 3-hour stay cost 5 nuevo soles (or just soles for short). (Note to self: Let’s do a posting about the Peruvian currency in the future.)

Once inside, Jockey Plaza, like Lima’s international airport and the shopping centers near where we live, exude that odd mix of the familiar and the different. Jockey Plaza looks like any mall from South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, California, to Tysons Corner in northern Virginia. It is a multi-story, faux-marble-floored, brightly lit shrine to commerce. Jockey Plaza follows a design that would be familiar to any State-side shopaholic. It has its anchor businesses that are large department stores (Ripley and Saga Fabella) and scores of smaller stores and kiosks that line its hallways that sell such typical items like clothes, electronics, cinnamon buns, and toys.

Of course, what mall would be complete without a food court and Jockey Plaza’s area of eating includes such fine establishments as Burger King, KFC, Subway, and Bembos.

Heck, they even sell Skull Candy earphones here.

All the above, of course, is not to say that there are no differences between a Peruvian mall and an American mall.

I have never been in a mall in the States where you can buy a car. As I mentioned, space is at a premium here so I can imagine that there are no big automalls here in Peru’s capital city. Instead, I saw in the hallways of Jockey Plaza several desks organized in a circle where potential buyers were meeting with car salesmen and looking at catalogs or at the two sample autos in the “showroom”.

My only question about this arrangement is where does the car salesman go when, during the negotiations about the price, he needs to step away and discuss it with the manager? Does he step inside the Banana Republic store or is the manager hanging out at the Motorola kiosk?

Hmmm…also not sure how one test drives a car in this set-up either.

Another difference about shopping in Peru is the question that is first asked when you are at the cash register. Here, there are two types of receipts that are offered by cashiers and they need to know what to give to you. The question that is asked is “Boleta o Factura” (Google Translate translates this as “slip or invoice”). I can’t offer much insight about this question (c’mon…this is only my second full day in country!), but the O’Ryans said that boleta is for the regular consumer while factura is used when purchasing something for a business purpose.

Here’s something else I haven’t seen in a shopping center in the United States (although I bet they do exist, or will soon)…

Sign for a Crepe Kiosk

How do you say "crepe" in Spanish?

…a kiosk that sells crepes.

To finish off, I also found out that this shopping center is not named for a clothing company that specializes in underwear as I pontificated on in my last post, but is instead named Jockey Plaza because the mall is next door to the Jockey Club of Peru, home of famous Monterrico Hippodrome

Monterrico Hippodrome

Not the best picture ever attached to a blog wouldn't you agree?

When you think about, Jockey Plaza is a much better name than Hippo Plaza.

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