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Police Activity
updated: Feb 18, 2013, 1:14 PM

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At about 12:40 pm while I was at lunch, there were a few police cars speeding to the area in front of Trader Joes on Calle Real. Anyone know what's up?

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 COMMENT 375765P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 01:25 PM

Breaking up a fight that over ubiquitously poor TJ's parking lot layout?

 

 COMMENT 375773 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 01:36 PM

free doughnuts

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 01:41 PM

No sorry we have alittle war of our own going on over here..

 

 COMMENT 375781 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 01:49 PM

765p, read it again. It's Calle Real, not Milpas. They have a normal parking lot there.

 

 COMMENT 375784 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 01:50 PM

C'mon---it's about 2/3 normal, if that!

 

 COMMENT 375786 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 01:52 PM

Not many people know this, but the founder of TJs used to be a doll house maker. His parking lots pay homage to the 2/3 scale premise of doll house design.

 

 COMMENT 375790P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 02:05 PM

Very good Eddiekid!

 

 COMMENT 375791 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 02:06 PM

Car accident--NoozHawk has a brief bit about it.

 

 COMMENT 375792 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 02:07 PM

The parking lot on Milpas was there long before TJ's and is a piece of cake compared to the TJ's lot on De La Vina.

 

 COMMENT 375793 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 02:07 PM

Somewhat unrelated: TJ's on DLV has the worst parking lot ever. Ever.

 

 COMMENT 375798 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 02:19 PM

TJ is notorious for choosing existing sites that have tiny parking lots AND for building new (ie ground up) stores with bad parking. This suggests that it's no accident that TJs always has bad parking lots, but rather that it's a conscious, corporate decision.

Probably, the idea is to make it feel like TJs is "always full" of customers. Plus if it's harder to park, people might buy more stuff on the theory that they don't want to have to make a second trip (and find parking again).

 

 COMMENT 375806 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 02:35 PM

784, you can park anywhere along that entire strip mall and go to TJs! Crazy that people can't walk two feet further than the entrance to a store without being angry about it.

 

 COMMENT 375808 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 02:39 PM

It's really easy to avoid the parking madness at TJ's.

1. Avoid the swarms of others shoppers by picking the off hours to go.

2. Don't shop there.

3. Ride a motorcycle.

Simple.... don't whine about it.... do something constructive.

 

 COMMENT 375811 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 02:55 PM

lots of parking complainers. sorry more land wasn't wasted for your parking convenience.

 

 COMMENT 375812P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 02:57 PM

I agree about the frustration involved with the parking situations at all of our TJ,'s, but wondering about the original post. Anybody out there have any idea?

 

 COMMENT 375817 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 03:05 PM

812P - As earlier stated it was an ACCIDENT.

Two people injured. Ambulances took them to Cottage Hosp.

And it was in front of Denny's, not TJs.

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 03:06 PM

See what happens when you report the snooze everyone jumps your butt!

 

 COMMENT 375821P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 03:09 PM

817, where does it state about two people going in an ambulance?

 

 COMMENT 375825 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 03:12 PM

821p scanner traffic..

 

 AUNTIE S. agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 03:26 PM

781-All TJ's parking lots are horrible no matter where they are. AND - all the lots along the Calle Real strip are likewise hideous. Those of us who have to prk there curse daily!

 

 COMMENT 375831 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 03:32 PM

798, actually, it's not that they have a nefarious plan. They are a very small store (think of the sq footage of your average Albertson's, Vons or Whole Foods, even in a small town and compare.)

They go into areas where they are in strip malls, where they share parking with other stores. So, naturally, the parking will be fuller than a larger grocery or mega store.

Sometimes, conspiracies aren't all they are cracked up to be, they are simply a matter of appropriately sized real estate and relative parking lot sizes.

 

 AUNTIE S. agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 03:41 PM

781-I'm not talking about having to park right in front of Tj'.s In fact, I do park quite a distance away and walk to all the stores on the strip. But the entire layout of the lot is crazy - too-small spaces (and I have a small car), and straight up parking stripes so one can't angle their car in but has to swing wide in order to get in a space -often driving directly at another car doing the same thing in the opposite direction.

 

 COMMENT 375838 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 03:50 PM

The Trader Joe's in Albuquerque has a terrible parking lot.

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 04:28 PM

Trader Joes in Uranus has pretty bad parking too!

 

 COMMENT 375863 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 05:05 PM

Thanks Roger, that was a crack-up!

 

 COMMENT 375989 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 07:28 AM

Sure it wasn't a sale on donuts? (old joke, but with 100% recycled electrons)

 

 COMMENT 376002 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 07:54 AM

The Arroyo Grande TJ actually has decent parking, but usually some store nearby is unoccupied. If all were full-- back to normal for TJ!

Stupidest parking lot for TJ? Right next to Costco in Santa Maria. Talk about baaaad parking & crazed drivers.

 

 COMMENT 376027 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 08:34 AM

The parking lot for that entire Calle Real strip mall is ridiculous and dangerous. If it had been designed by a qualified traffic engineer rather than a maximize profit developer, they would know you never should design a parking lot where cars have to back up at each other from both sides and into an active traffic aisle insuring multiple distractions, vision obscurements and resulting in numerous accidents. In addition, to allow table seating within a few feet of the front of vehicles, particularly the West side which slopes down toward the walkways with only a 3" curb and no physical barriers is an invitation to have someone flattened by and errant driver who's foot either "slipped" from the brake to the gas or who chose the wrong pedal or the wrong gear. It already happened across the street on the East side.

 

 COMMENT 376085P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 09:58 AM

Wow 002. having a bad day? I was about to post that the Santa Maria TJ has great parking because you can use the whole huge adjacent Costco lot too. but TJ's is seldom that full.

 

 COMMENT 376119 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 11:00 AM

Hello People,
TJ's on Calle Real is in a Towbes development.
Towbes is the culprit for parking size. Get a grip, use your head and drive and park safely.

 

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