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    Quote Originally Posted by sddr View Post
    Every new mall in Santo Domingo has the same stores.

    The only new one to DR that I see here is Aliss, is that already open? If yes, I will try to visit it on Wednesday.
    No, not open as of yesterday.

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    Aliss has stores open in Santo Domingo at Acropolis and Sambil malls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dolores View Post
    Aliss has stores open in Santo Domingo at Acropolis and Sambil malls.

    Really? Thanks for the info! I don't like to go to Sambil because of its next-to-ghetto location, but Acropolis is ok... By the way, Acropolis looks a bit dead since Blue Mall has opened next to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dolores View Post
    Aliss has stores open in Santo Domingo at Acropolis and Sambil malls.
    Also in Santiago at Colinas Mall.

    Speaking of department stores, one store from Central America that I would like to see in the DR (and I really don't know why they haven't expanded to the DR yet) is Siman. It's based in El Salvador but they have stores up and down the isthmus, even in Nicaragua which is the poorest Spanish-speaking country in the world (unless Venezuela has fallen that low by now.) If Managua, which as a city doesn't quite reaches the levels of development seen in Santiago, let alone Santo Domingo, can support a Siman; the DR can definitely support quite a few stores.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeb321 View Post
    Yes Mega traffic mess will occur And factor in Dominican drivers and I do not believe I exaggerate. I come from The Major City so I know what I speak about. When was the last time you drove on that one road? Sounds like you do not know what you are talking about. Talking about SD? .please don't compare that mess with Anything. It will be a mess here if someone does not pay attention.
    1. I lived in New York City for 34 years, so I think I know about traffic and what to compare it to. 2. I drove down that road twice this week....there was 3 more cars than usual.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pseg24 View Post
    1. I lived in New York City for 34 years, so I think I know about traffic and what to compare it to. 2. I drove down that road twice this week....there was 3 more cars than usual.....

    I do now agree with you.  What I anticipated was wrong.  I have also driven here a few times already (used to drive via cap cana road).  It is quieter than usual. I think Blue Mall huge disappointment and no one is yet flocking to see same old same old. And I Pseg24 lived and live in NYC all my life.  Though now much of my year spent here.

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    From the speeches the owners made and all, they were supposedly aiming more for the local market. Thing is, the stores there that could work for the majority of the local market population (minimum salary to approx. 45k pesos/month) are very few (KB, Farmacia Carol, Helados Bon, etc). So that leaves the population of managers and up and of those, many go to Santo Domingo on the weekends and buy over there or like I do, travel once or twice a year and load up abroad. I earn a bit above average for this area but don't see myself going shopping for much there. 4000+ pesos sheets at Sara Hogar, yeah right! Window shopping and oooing and aaawing over some of the new stuff, sure. Occasional special meal at Hard Rock Cafe, yeah, maybe a few times a year. So unless they start getting the tourists from the higher end resorts who are looking at doing some nice shipping (preferably with a free shuttle like Plaza San Juan and I think Palma Real), it'll be tough for all those stores to produce $$. The first thing I wondered when I walked in was how the small boutiques that have only a few dozen high-end items will survive...

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    People should keep in mind that this mall is partially owned and operated by the Velutini family.

    Unlike most Dominican malls, they rent their commercial space instead of selling them, and in addition to the rent they also charge a certain percentage of the sales of each store. That way management keep an eye on how each store is doing and, if the necessity pops up, they can cancel the rental agreement with the underperformers and replace them with a more promising store.

    As of right now they are going by what the market studies suggested, but as time goes on they will tinker with their tenant mix until the mall produces the right amount of total sales.

    They will also hold many events, just like in Santo Domingo. Blue Mall PC even has an amphitheater with the large fountain that's visible from the road forming its backdrop. With these events many people will attend and quite a few will compulsively buy something.

    The Blue Mall brand is already a status symbol in Dominican society. People that buy at the Blue Mall Santo Domingo will also buy at the Blue Mall Punta Cana. In the same light, people that think its important for them to be seen at Blue Mall Santo Domingo will think the same about Blue Mall Punta Cana.

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    Blue Mall PC during its construction and inauguration (2 minutes and some seconds long)


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    Took a look today for the first time. Traffic, you have to be kidding, no one there, no cars, nada. This Mall is going over like a lead balloon in flight. In SD it is different than PC. In PC you have people that are in and out of the DR on a regular basis. None of these people want to pay inflated prices for the goods they are selling. You can do tons better in Miami or any large city in Europe.

    In SD the rich Dominicans want to be seen at the Blue Mall, and there are a lot more of them in SD.

    Much ado about nothing.........

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