Starting next month, outdoor parking at Multiplaza Escazú will no longer be free, as the owners of the upscale mall will start charging for outdoor parking after the first hour.

The mall already charges for covered (indoor) parking.

The general manager of parking for the Grupo Roble, the owners of the shopping centre, Mario González, said that the main reason for the charge is to increase security measure and ensure that the parking lot is used only by patrons.

Visitors will be offered one hour totally free, validated at any point of sale, located at the entrances of the shopping centre”, said Gonzalez.

The social media has been abuzz with comments, mostly expressing dissatisfaction at the new measure.

Video: Users Comment on Multiplaza’s Plans To Charge For Outdoor Parking

González said that the parking rates will be avialble next week, on Wednesday, when Grupo Roble will hold a press conference. That day, the mall will begin a pilot program of the new system for mall visitors to know about and be familiar with the paid new parking system, although it will not be until September 1 when charges will begin to apply.

Grupo Roble also owns Multiplaza Este, located in Zapote across from the Registro Nacional. Gonzalez said that the same plan – paid outdoor parking – will be applied starting in 2014.

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