Saturday, May 05, 2012

For Those Who Still Doubt the Laxity of Enforcement at the Whole Foods Parking Lot

Either the lot was mistaken for a trailer park or some family requires a mobile command center for supermarket trips.





19 comments:

Sligo said...

A couple hours after I wrote this, a Winnebago pulled up in front of my house then drove off after about 30 seconds. What is going on around here?

Anonymous said...

Maybe the entourage for Fillmore performers? There are two shows today.

Anonymous said...

Avon Walk is coming through town today and the participants will be camping in Meadowbrook Park between SS and Chevy Chase. . . so, that might be it.

Anonymous said...

That beast was parked in the First Baptist parking lot last night.

Anonymous said...

This crap is why I just stopped shopping at Whole Foods Silver Spring. The parking is redunkulous....

Sligo said...

So I walked by later and it was still there as of yesterday afternoon along with a number of other RVs, campers and sleeper vans. It did have a permit displayed in the window, so I guess it was there legitimately. Why they would have them all park in the most cramped lot in Silver Spring is beyond me.

Zain said...

If they really are letting campers and RVs use that lot, there are no words for how furious that would make me. As someone who can barely park there when he wants to buy groceries, the fact that a camper can be allowed (or, worse, encouraged) to take up the entire back row of the parking lot is a giant "F-U" to those of us who actually live here and frequent our local businesses.

Lisa said...

Just saying ... I have found a parking spot every time I've gone to that Whole Foods since it opened ... at all times of day ...

Anonymous said...

Those vehicles were the exhibitor's at the art festival. Jeez, everyone gets so hyper so fast!

Sligo said...

That may be so, but was it wise to permit a giant RV to take up 5 spots in an already space-challenged lot?

Anonymous said...

There is no long term threat to the precious parking, these were artist with the Silver Spring fine art festival this past weekend. They dont fit in the garages around town and arrangements were made in advance with the lot owners. God forbid you have to walk a bit farther to park in one of the two huge parking garages that are each a block away and free on the weekends.

Sligo said...

So if one has a full grocery cart after shopping at Whole Foods they should wheel it over to the third floor of the garage, drop of their groceries, wheel it back across the street and drop it off, go back up to their car then go home with their melting frozen goods? (And do so with kids?)

One weekend is not that big of a deal, but there are lots of people who use this lot for purposes other than its intended one. I usually walk downtown when I can, but grocery shopping is a chore where that is impractical.

Remember that when Whole Foods was first built, the lot was connected to a large garage and parking was never an issue.

Anonymous said...

@anon 11:52:00 - I'm not shooting the messenger here. I always walk. But, why would Whole Foods allow vendors to park there when the art show wasn't even associated with them? I'm assuming they charged for the usage, but it seems they should be more concerned about their customers' needs.

Anonymous said...

"But, why would Whole Foods allow vendors to park there when the art show wasn't even associated with them? I'm assuming they charged for the usage, but it seems they should be more concerned about their customers' needs."

I would assume Peterson Co. owns the lot. I can't imagine Whole Foods owns their lot or their space.

Anonymous said...

I don't know. The signs about parking are pretty specific - you're shopping at Whole Foods, Strosniders, or the other stores in that area, or it gets towed. You park there for the movies, or whatever else is in the area and it still is worthy of a tow.

Anonymous said...

Right, but I assume Peterson Co. makes those rules so obviously they can break them to accommodate their fine arts festival, if they so desire.

Anonymous said...

The parking situation is exactly why I now go to WFM in Rockville/White Flint or Friendship Heights. Both are connected to a garage, and while they're always crowded, parking never seems to be a problem. I'd like to spend my $ @ the DTSS location, but the parking situation there makes it too impractical.

Anonymous said...

Driving cross-county is the practical option? That's odd. I, too, have never had much of an issue parking in that lot. I just usually grab a spot near the back and call it a day instead of trying for something closer. Granted, I'm not old/have no problem walking a hundred feet. Why is there a surface lot in that location anyways? Seems dumb to have not put a couple levels of parking underground and built on top of it. Another case of "who woulda thunk DTSS would exceed even the highest expectations," I imagine.

Countess Fifi Von Wigglesworth said...

that's a pimp ride though. just sayin.