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No parking no business?

Discussion in 'Rants & Raves' started by jojo, Jun 14, 2010.

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    [Jun 14, 2010]
    How many times have you wanted to go to your local shops to find no parking spaces and then drive off without buying anything?

    I'm finding the local shop owners to be of the clueless variety, chipshop owner next door has a BMW 5-series and he parks round the back(thank god), but his worker own an B6 A4 and parks outside when there's room round the back. Two more doors over is the local spar shop, they have a BMW 5-series, Pug 407 SW(Estate) and Pug 106 all parked outside, tenants just moved in to my right owns 2 cars parked outside.... basically, the whole road is occupied by people who either work or live here!
    I invested in block and slab paving round the back of my shop insist all my workers park round the back or walk to work to make way for customers, and there's no suprise that business picks up after 8pm when the spar shop closes.

    Just a bit annoyed with it all!

    End of rant.
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    Feck me son your on a roll of rants atm huh, lol, but fair ones aswell.
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    Yes, I think my 38 day, no days off shift is taking it's toll on me after 16 days, only 3 weeks and a day to go before I have a day off....
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    As a customer there is nothing more annoying than not being able to park if you you are in a rush for something. You would assume other owners would want custom and think abit about where they leave their cars, sounds like a garage forecourt by you! Hope you get it and the other stuff sorted! Sit down and relax for 10 mins!
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    My mum and dad have the same issue on the isle of wight with their/our chip shop!

    Parking is difficult, fortunatly most of the staff bus or walk to work and their is parking behind the shop for customers.

    But on a busy night like friday or saturday, everyone parks outside the shop on the double yellow lines and watches for the traffic wardens.

    The shop is on a busy corner between two very busy roads!

    Lucky for us it has never really affected custom as most of our customers are locals, we get a few tourists, but the food sells its self, people travel many miles passing other chippies to come to us! as everything is cooked to order and made the same day!!
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    Yes, an established will always have trade regardless of parking issues, it's not so much that trade is effected as such, just annoying that a road where there is suppose to be 7 spaces only offers one or two, unless people are willing to park further up the road and walk it down, which lets face it, most people are too lazy to do with the hassle after a long day at work...

    Just the annoyance of it happening before my eyes I guess, even though it's not actually my problem.
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    I agree with the issue although the issue only exists because it's the shop-owners' cars taking up 'customer spaces'. I wouldn't expect it stops someone going to a shop for whatever they need coz hey, you go coz you need it, lol. But if you find a parking space occupied by an shop-owner's car, regardless of whether or not it would have been occupied anyway by another customer, you'd be right to be irked! Why: coz it makes bloody sense to leave spaces for your customers - especially if your regulars know what car you drive.

    I feel like I'm ranting now - empathy!
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    Jo

    I totally agree with you, I hate going to a shop where there are no spaces, also I know of families that have shops and take up all the spaces at the front with their cars, whats the sense in that, do you not realise what effect this has on your business?????
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    [Jun 16, 2010]
    Maybe so, but if it were your shop and you had no off road parking where would you park?

    And remember if it were not for the shop owners parking there, perhaps they would end up having neighbours and other random cars parking there, so why not make the most of them.
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    [Jun 21, 2010]
    I noticed this at PC World on Sunday morning. Big retail park, big store, yet all the staff were parking on the front row right outside the door. If this was my store the staff would be made to park at the back!!
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    [Jun 21, 2010]
    Absolutely, bad management that!
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