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Poll: The Worst Parking Lot in Pittsburgh?

Whole Foods Might be the Worst Parking Lot in Pittsburgh

Whole Foods Might be the Worst Parking Lot in Pittsburgh

Healthy eaters beware! All of the good stuff you put in your body may be counteracted by toxins created due to increased stress levels when parking at Whole Foods in Eastside.

If you typically shop for overpriced junk food from the other local grocers, then you’re in luck because those stores probably have a much better place to put your car. Seriously, the parking lot at Whole Foods sucks. Shame on the developers that planned that hell hole.

Boring Pittsburgh rates the WF parking lot the worst in the Burgh and here’s why:

  • The spots are too small and the lanes are too narrow. At any given time of the day you can find some jagoff’s arctic silver Mercedes taking up two spots. And forget about trying to drive around another vehicle, there’s barely enough room for two Smart cars!
  • The Centre Ave. entrance and exit of the parking lot are useless since people always go the wrong way anyway. When drivers try to enter the lot they are always blocked by other cars waiting for a parking space which creates congestion on Centre.
  • Pedestrians walk wherever they want with total disregard toward the cars and drivers trying to park. You could have a strobe light and a bull horn from the Gateway Clipper as your back-up warning and some lady with a shopping cart will keep walking behind you without flinching.

Vote for the worst parking lot in Pittsburgh. As you can see, the choices are biased (but if you beg to differ, feel free to add your comment below).

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  • http://www.facebook.com/talldean Dean Jackson

    Centre Avenue “Market District” Giant Eagle.

    For Whole Foods, park on the first floor of the garage, and walk across the lot; problem solved. For that Giant Eagle, it’s just a headache, made worse by the twenty minute long wait at the register most times. Aaaaaaaah, I say. Aaaaaaah.

  • phil

    while the whole foods parking lot is definitely insane and mind-melting, it is only part of the bigger headache. all of the parking lot sections of the “eastside” shopping center are awful. the flow around Walgreens is uncontrolled and multi-directional. the stop signs at the top and bottom of the narrow curved ramp can be trying. exiting from the top level onto Highland is awful. etc.
    I feel the negative vote for the lot closer to whole foods, but it’s connected to the other lots..making the shopping center’s lot the worst in my book.

  • phil

    while the whole foods parking lot is definitely insane and mind-melting, it is only part of the bigger headache. all of the parking lots of the “eastside” shopping center are awful. the flow around Walgreens is uncontrolled and multi-directional. the stop signs at the top and bottom of the narrow curved ramp can be trying. exiting from the top level onto Highland is awful. etc.
    I feel the negative vote for the lot closer to whole foods, but it’s connected to the other lots..making the shopping center’s lot the worst in my book.

  • Perturbed

    As of today, I agree with Whole Foods being the worst parking lot, but as of late July or August I think you will be rewriting this to say the new Target is the worst. It isn’t complete yet, but it looks like a complete mess already. If you drive down Penn you have to go all the way around the building to get into the garage. Why they didn’t make an entrance to the garage on Penn to alleviate some of the traffic at that intersection is beyond me. Opening up Penn Circle was smart and should have been opened up yrs ago, but then they had to go and do something illogical with the build out of the parking garage.

  • Get a bike

    then you wont have to worry about parking.

    • I Have a Bike!

      and yet some idiots lock their bikes to mine and I have to wait just about as long as it takes to park….x_x

      • James Kim

        Did you release the air from their tires? ^^

  • Emily

    Trader Joe’s

  • http://www.suziesarmoire.etsy.com Susan

    While it may not be in the city proper, my least favorite parking lot is the Target/Kohl’s/Best Buy lot on McKnight. The worst designed thing I have ever seen. The stream of traffic is ridiculous with pretty much one way in/out. Getting into the stream us near impossible.

    • http://BoringPittsburgh.com Boring Pittsburgh

      Susan believe it or not, the parking lot you mentioned actually extends all the way to the Starbucks lol. It’s definitely a terrible parking lot, especially when trying to pull out onto McKnight from the exit between Taco Bell and Applebees.

  • http://www.twitter.com/pghomes Tim

    My vote is for the Parkway.

  • mnbvcxz

    Layout aside, the demographic that Whole Foods caters to is nothing but pompous @#$%&, of course they will walk behind you as you try to back out of a parking spot with a 1′x1′ area to work with. Don’t act surprised when they throw a hissy fit and try to press charges for giving them ptsd either.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=623113975 Chuck Kelly

    Having a Bike an trying to carry food bags too,,Good luck with that,,Parking across the St makes better sense,,But this lot was probably a results of a postage stamp size lot,which the designers didn’t care about.trying to get the most spaces in the smallest space possible,I’ve been in Truck stops that big,,postage stamp parking lots.

    • Get saddlebags

      Then you can carry groceries on a bike.

      • http://www.facebook.com/talldean Dean Jackson

        Or just get a messenger bag.

        Seriously, the reason for the crowd there isn’t that the designers didn’t plan the lot well enough, it’s that Whole Foods never, ever expected to be that successful that quickly in a new area.

        Trader Joe’s lot would be fixed if they made the exit a right-turn-only, making folks who want to turn left have to go around McDonald’s to the light…

      • http://BoringPittsburgh.com Boring Pittsburgh

        @Dean You’re right! They probably never anticipated the incredible success they’ve garnered over the years – at least not that fast. To prove the point, look how long it has taken them to plan a second location around Pittsburgh (North Hills).

        And making Trader Joe’s shoppers go to the light to turn left makes all the sense in the world. But that lot is still no where near as bad as Whole Foods.

  • James Kim

    The worst parking lot in any city is a parking lot that you have to pay for.

  • StacyfrPgh

    Again, not in the city proper, but the new Trader Joe’s on Rt. 19 in Upper St. Clair is going to be a nightmare. The traffic already backs up on 19 on the weekends, and the novelty of TJ’s to the outer S. Hills will add to the horror. I will avoid that road and store like the plague!

  • http://www.snickies.wordpress.com Julie

    I do avoid going to whole food simply b/c of the parking lot. pretty annoying.

  • Justin Patrick

    here ya go:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UFc1pr2yUU

    every whole foods in los angeles yo.

    • http://BoringPittsburgh.com Boring Pittsburgh

      Thanks for sharing the video Justin! So funny (and true!)

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  • Jennifer

    I love taking my ratty beat up Cavalier there and parking it next to all the Prius’ and Benz’s…not that my car is a hazard, just looks funny to see a beat up car next to all these status-minded yahoos…lol

  • Alan Green

    So glad I’m not the only one in Pittsburgh thinking the parking lot at Whole Foods sucks. It’s just funny that there is a poll about it. Whole Foods got my vote for sure!

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