Mexico City, Mexico
January 18, 2002
This outlet mall has more than 120 stores including Calvin Klein, DKNY, Saks of 5th avenue, Adidas, Reebok, Nautica, Nike, GAP, Timberland – see the list at href="http://www.premiumoutlets.com/centers/index.asp">http://www.premiumoutlets.com/centers/index.asp . The majority of stores are apparel but there are also some houseware, discount books and CDs, and gourmet food stores such as Harry & David. Head for DKNY if you want to see Japanese shoppers in action – many shell-shocked that DKNY clothes which cost a fortune in Tokyo can be so cheap.
The basic idea of the outlet malls are to sell overstocked items – view all the yellow and orange shirts going for a song at Barneys New York! – at discounts generally ranging from 30 to 70%. Very few items are actually factory rejects or shop soiled and the few that are, are clearly marked as such. The shops are clean, modern, well lit and much like any normal store – generally much nicer than most shops in Europe. In several shops the personnel seemed pretty knowledgeable in contrast to previous experiences at outlet malls in Northern California. Discounts abound at all times and when we visited in early January several additional sales were in progress – "make lots of space available in your trunk" is not just an empty advertising slogan! You may need to visit the Samsonite store or any of several that sell suitcases as well. You should of course not expect the exact range available at normal stores but most of the brand name stores had a fair range of sizes available for most items.
Restaurants are limited to a few odd cookie / pretzel shops and a food court. The latter are non-franchised establishments and served surprisingly tasty food – or maybe the senses just got dulled while getting broke saving money?
Camarillo Premium outlets are just off Highway 101, Las Posas off ramp – signboards point out the way clearly.
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