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Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Posted by: Survey Says ()
Date: May 22, 2016 02:01PM

My vote goes to Home Depot in Merrifield with a close 2nd to Home Depot in Price Club Plaza. Getting in and out of these places just isn't worth the hassle. Why hasn't a developer figured a convenient one way in and one way out method of parking yet? If it isn't a car you're going to hit, it is a person!

Let's say you. What businesses do you dread visiting in the area due to parking?

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Re: Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Posted by: Korean Women on Cell Phones ()
Date: May 22, 2016 02:05PM

Any business that attracts Koreans.

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Re: Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Posted by: 7nKEJ ()
Date: May 22, 2016 02:13PM

Lowes Chantilly

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Re: Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Posted by: NCxuX ()
Date: May 22, 2016 02:13PM

BTW the parking lot at the new Lowes in Fairfax sucks. I hate diagonal parking.

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Re: Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Posted by: even worse ()
Date: May 22, 2016 02:20PM

Home Depot 7 Corners. Merrifield is a breeze compared to that place.

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Re: Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Posted by: Updne ()
Date: May 22, 2016 02:21PM

Fairfax Surf Shop

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Re: Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Posted by: Blech ()
Date: May 22, 2016 02:41PM

even worse Wrote:
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> Home Depot 7 Corners. Merrifield is a breeze
> compared to that place.

I was just going to say Merrified HD. Awful, just awful.

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Re: Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Posted by: Dane Bramage ()
Date: May 22, 2016 02:47PM

Trader Joes in Centreville. Or Reston, or anywhere.

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Re: Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Posted by: tjXNe ()
Date: May 22, 2016 02:54PM

Tang de Poon Love Long Time Best Price Happy Finish Salon in Annandale is the worst. Only three parking spaces out front.

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Re: Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Posted by: Problem depot ()
Date: May 22, 2016 03:46PM

Lots of home depots seem to have this problem. I hate the one near Springfield mall. The adjacent shops are also a pain to get in and out.

Also getting out of the Bradlick shopping center to go east on Braddock can be a nightmare at times. Hear they are allowing the little crummy house across the street to be rezoned/bulldozed to make way for a Mooslim funeral home. That'll make traffic there even worse.

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Re: Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Posted by: M6c9J ()
Date: May 22, 2016 04:03PM

>Why hasn't a developer figured a convenient one way in and one way out method of parking yet?

Check out the Target in Herndon where the parkway crosses Sunset Hills. It's freaking genius:

https://www.google.com/maps/@38.9543967,-77.3687979,129m/data=!3m1!1e3

Entering traffic has a couple of ways into the lot with the first entrance heavily favored, but exiting traffic is all routed to the south edge of the lot because of the median on the entrance road.

As for the Price Club Home Depot, never use the eastern entrance to leave the parking lot. If you are picking up a lot of shit and need to park in front of the store, then drive around the building to get out. There is always a path through the back alley because they take deliveries. If staff are working their forklifts, it's never blocked for more than a few minutes at a time.

Just forget about Merrifield Home Depot. That garage is a nightmare.

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Re: Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Posted by: M6c9J ()
Date: May 22, 2016 04:05PM

>That'll make traffic there even worse.

Here's hoping they get lots of business.

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Re: Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Posted by: M6c9J ()
Date: May 22, 2016 04:09PM

For the Springfield Mall Home Depot, enter where the Borders used to be. If you aren't buying a lot of shit, then just park in the lower level of the garage and walk up the metal staircase.

If you are getting a lot of stuff, then drive around the back to get to the entrance level and park in the southwest corner--there are usually spots there. Leave the same way you came in. There's an all-way stop sign at the entrance road. I have rarely been stranded there for a second light while it's taken me up to three light cycles to get out while leaving from the Home Depot entrance.

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Re: Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Posted by: Small.Kahuna ()
Date: May 22, 2016 04:34PM

Updne Wrote:
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> Fairfax Surf Shop

Yup...dis right here...all night long. It's nothing short of a business miracle how this place has operated in the same location for 50 years now...and not only survived but, thrived! The parking at that joint sucks a suck that's never been so suckly sucked.

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Re: Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Posted by: Long time ago ()
Date: May 22, 2016 04:40PM

Small.Kahuna Wrote:
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> Updne Wrote:
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> > Fairfax Surf Shop
>
> Yup...dis right here...all night long. It's
> nothing short of a business miracle how this place
> has operated in the same location for 50 years
> now...and not only survived but, thrived! The
> parking at that joint sucks a suck that's never
> been so suckly sucked.

I remember the night 40+ years ago that Fairfax Surf Shop caught fire. That is how the house lost most of it's second floor.

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Re: Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Posted by: Ben Jerry ()
Date: May 22, 2016 05:02PM

Woody's ice cream. Good luck turning around when there's even a couple cars in the lot. Getting in or out is risking your life, especially if drunk Gerry Connolly is driving in the area. Hate, hate, hate the location!

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Re: Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Posted by: True Dat ()
Date: May 22, 2016 05:19PM

Dane Bramage Wrote:
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> Trader Joes in Centreville. Or Reston, or
> anywhere.

Second Trader Joes in Centreville. I'd go there more often if that whole shopping center wasn't such a mess.

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Re: Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Posted by: Cluster Fucks ()
Date: May 22, 2016 05:41PM

Any store at Seven Corners.

Any store at Baileys.

The REI parking lot near there.

Any store around the mess that is the intersection of 236/50/29.

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Re: Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Posted by: Commuter from here and there ()
Date: May 22, 2016 05:46PM

Anything off Rt. 123 in Vienna mid afternoon. People love to try and cross the double yellows and assume people will just let them through.

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Re: Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Posted by: ghetto landmark ()
Date: May 22, 2016 05:48PM

The landmark shopping center with the Shoppers/Marshalls/Ross

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Re: Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Posted by: Porn on BETA ()
Date: May 22, 2016 05:56PM

The Erol's video club in Annandale is a horrible place to park.

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Re: Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Posted by: everyday low prices ()
Date: May 22, 2016 06:06PM

Fairfax Walmart parking lot isn't badly designed, but I avoid it because every time I've gone there I've witnessed a collision in the parking lot.

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Re: Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Posted by: JohnnyRed ()
Date: May 22, 2016 06:10PM

The plaza on Main Street in city of Fairfax (Noodles & Company, Starbucks, Walgreens, etc).

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Re: Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Posted by: Plaza at Landmark ()
Date: May 22, 2016 06:14PM

ghetto landmark Wrote:
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> The landmark shopping center with the
> Shoppers/Marshalls/Ross


That's Landmark Plaza. You're right about it being a mess.

Landmark itself is great. Nobody there so easy parking.

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Re: Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Date: May 22, 2016 06:45PM

Wegmans in FFX.

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Re: Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Posted by: Good time charlie ()
Date: May 22, 2016 07:05PM

OP's mom was the worst in-and-out bizness I've run across in Fairfax.

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Re: Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Posted by: 22124 ()
Date: May 22, 2016 07:17PM

The little strip shopping center in Vienna that has Chipotle, Noodles, etc., next door to the Walgreen's/Pet store. There just isn't enough parking. Remember when the Safeway was next door and used to hire somebody to patrol the parking lot, since everybody parked there?

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Re: Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Posted by: Wurst ()
Date: May 22, 2016 08:03PM

Plaza at Landmark Wrote:
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> ghetto landmark Wrote:
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> -----
> > The landmark shopping center with the
> > Shoppers/Marshalls/Ross
>
>
> That's Landmark Plaza. You're right about it
> being a mess.
>



This is the worst, nothing else is close.

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Re: Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Posted by: Georgia Sat ()
Date: May 22, 2016 08:06PM

Cluster Fucks Wrote:
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> Any store at Seven Corners.
>
> Any store at Baileys.
>
> The REI parking lot near there.
>


7 Corners and Baileys Corner have heavy traffic but the shopping areas are easy to get in and out of. The REI is very simple in and out. Sometimes hard to find a spot, but that would be a different topic.

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Re: Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Posted by: Greybeard ()
Date: May 22, 2016 08:21PM

Plaza America is no treat. I don't have a problem with Lowes in Chantilly, personally.

I do wonder about the thought process of some of the folks who designed these lots. I mean, Fairfax Wegmans is lousy, but was clearly a compromise based on the weird access to the property. Plaza America has the parking laid out so weirdly that it makes things 100x worse than it needs to be!

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Re: Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Posted by: Govt Role ()
Date: May 22, 2016 08:30PM

Didn't all of the ingress/egress have to be approved by Fairfax County? With solutions so bad, what value does the County add?

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Re: Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Posted by: Back ally man ()
Date: May 22, 2016 08:36PM

Second the borders entry in Springfield HD.

If your turning right towards Franconia, use the back ally past the propane cages and follow around to the exit.
No light and no waiting

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Re: Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Posted by: Mark j ()
Date: May 22, 2016 10:02PM

Office bldg on ford ave Alexandria...parking garage is extremely narrow..hate that bldg...stopped going to skyline wellness center and an orthopedic dr there bc of parking

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Re: Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Posted by: VfG231 ()
Date: May 23, 2016 06:05AM

Leaving the Greenbriar Giant is no picnic through the main exit by Popeye's. I have found exiting at the Total Wine exit to be a piece of cake.

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Re: Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Posted by: Rt. 50 Falls Church ()
Date: May 23, 2016 06:59AM

Loehmann's Plaza is a nightmare to get out of.

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Re: Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Posted by: 6Y ()
Date: May 23, 2016 07:18AM

It doesn't matter how well designed the parking lot is, the most dangerous is any location that has a Lotte or "Supermercado".

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Re: Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Posted by: 2 Cents ()
Date: May 23, 2016 10:02AM

I know this is about Fairfax County - BUT

There is a strip shopping center in Bealeton, Virginia at the corner of RT28 and RT17 that is almost impossible to get in, and is like the hedge maze from the movie The Shining to get out of.

Stores are boxed in by concrete islands. There is 1 exit that is a driving skills exercise to get through.

This place designed by a drunken inbred.

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Re: Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Posted by: Shoi ()
Date: May 23, 2016 10:34AM

Lets not forget about the Home Depot in Springfield. The entire area can be maddening during the weekend. Unless I know I purchasing heavy items, I prefer parking in the lower garage. Less hassle and never have to fight for space.

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Re: Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Posted by: mjs ()
Date: May 23, 2016 11:36AM

you wanna see cluster fuck... wait until Oakcrest school opens in Reston.

from hunter mill road/Sunrise valley to Crowell road 5 traffic lights in 1/3 of a mile...

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Re: Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Posted by: VGP9k ()
Date: May 23, 2016 12:00PM

Wurst Wrote:
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> Plaza at Landmark Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > ghetto landmark Wrote:
> >
> --------------------------------------------------
>
> > -----
> > > The landmark shopping center with the
> > > Shoppers/Marshalls/Ross
> >
> >
> > That's Landmark Plaza. You're right about it
> > being a mess.
> >
>
>
>
> This is the worst, nothing else is close.


Landmark Plaza is a pain in the ass. The secret is to go out the back way and come out on Lincolnia Rd.

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Re: Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Posted by: Locals Only ()
Date: May 23, 2016 12:59PM

ghetto landmark Wrote:
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> The landmark shopping center with the
> Shoppers/Marshalls/Ross

YES! Also that shopping center at the intersection of Pickett and 236 with Trader Joe's and Total Wine.

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Re: Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Posted by: ghetto landmark ()
Date: May 23, 2016 01:02PM

VGP9k Wrote:
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> Wurst Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Plaza at Landmark Wrote:
> >
> --------------------------------------------------
>
> > -----
> > > ghetto landmark Wrote:
> > >
> >
> --------------------------------------------------
>
> >
> > > -----
> > > > The landmark shopping center with the
> > > > Shoppers/Marshalls/Ross
> > >
> > >
> > > That's Landmark Plaza. You're right about it
> > > being a mess.
> > >
> >
> >
> >
> > This is the worst, nothing else is close.
>
>
> Landmark Plaza is a pain in the ass. The secret is
> to go out the back way and come out on Lincolnia
> Rd.

+1

I always go out by the post office

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Re: Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Posted by: Bill.N. ()
Date: May 23, 2016 01:32PM

Porn on BETA Wrote:
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> The Erol's video club in Annandale is a horrible
> place to park.

It's been 20 years now, but as I recall the Erols on 236 used to be fairly easy to get into and out off.

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Re: Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Posted by: Ks3gv ()
Date: May 23, 2016 02:07PM

So basically order online rather than go shopping in Fairfax County?

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Re: Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Posted by: It's a shit hole ()
Date: May 23, 2016 02:15PM

ghetto landmark Wrote:
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> The landmark shopping center with the
> Shoppers/Marshalls/Ross

Yes. Has to be the worst

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Re: Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Posted by: Day Tripper ()
Date: May 23, 2016 02:22PM

Tysons Walmart - only one way in and out of lot. Frequent backups.

Tysons I (AMC, Food Court) - Usually park on east side, closest to Beltway, so we can take elevator from parking lot to 6th floor bridge over to Food Court. This used to be good parking but became difficult when Mall dedicated half of the spaces on lower floors of garage to valet parking, even though most of those spaces remain vacant at all times.

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Re: Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Posted by: lbss82bruin ()
Date: May 23, 2016 03:51PM

Pickett Shopping Center, The side with Trader Joes/Chuck E Cheese is a nightmare to get out of. I loath having to go into that place.

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Re: Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Posted by: M6c9J ()
Date: May 23, 2016 04:03PM

lbss82bruin Wrote:
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> Pickett Shopping Center, The side with Trader
> Joes/Chuck E Cheese is a nightmare to get out of.
> I loath having to go into that place.


There's a strip of parking just west of the Total Wine. If you park there, you can get in and out on Pickett just north of the light that's usually backed up right in front of Total Wine.

There is also an alley that goes around that entire center. If you need to go any direction other than north on Pickett, then make the first u-turn. It beats the hell out of sitting at that light in front of Total Wine for two or more changes.

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Re: Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Posted by: LnL ()
Date: May 23, 2016 07:47PM

Best Buy in Reston and Chantilly Lowes.

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Re: Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Posted by: Cramped ()
Date: May 23, 2016 09:59PM

Shopping center with Austin Grill/ Whole Foods in Springfield

Rolling Valley mall

Saratoga 7-11

Anything in old part of Fairfax

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Re: Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Posted by: Jdnkt ()
Date: May 23, 2016 11:24PM

lbss82bruin Wrote:
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> Pickett Shopping Center, The side with Trader
> Joes/Chuck E Cheese is a nightmare to get out of.
> I loath having to go into that place.


+1000 Hate this shopping center.

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Re: Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Posted by: Shoopers ()
Date: May 24, 2016 12:34PM

Getting in and out of Shoppers Food Warehouse in Herndon is a cluster. Doesn't matter if you exit on Sunrise Valley or Centreville Road. Just one giant cluster and causes me to grocery shop elsewhere. Too many businesses in that shopping center with that awful parking lot: Ned Devine's, Gold's, Chuck E Cheese, McDonald's and so on.

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Re: Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Posted by: eagle64 ()
Date: May 24, 2016 03:04PM

Trader Joes Centreville isn't that bad. It seems that everyone just wants to absolutely park as close a possible. If you park back a couple of rows, even though you have to walk a bit (heaven forbid!) it makes up for the exasperation of trying to park in the first row. It's also easier to get out as you have completely avoided the mess up close to the store.

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Re: Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Posted by: Greybeard ()
Date: May 24, 2016 08:09PM

eagle64 Wrote:
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> Trader Joes Centreville isn't that bad. It seems
> that everyone just wants to absolutely park as
> close a possible. If you park back a couple of
> rows, even though you have to walk a bit (heaven
> forbid!) it makes up for the exasperation of
> trying to park in the first row. It's also easier
> to get out as you have completely avoided the mess
> up close to the store.

Yeah, never really had a problem with that lot myself. It's not wonderful--and is on a big slant, IIRC -- but there are many far worse.

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Re: Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Posted by: Dustyblinds ()
Date: May 25, 2016 08:14AM

Fairfax Towne Center
Fair Lakes shopping center
Springfield Plaza
Backlick Plaza, both sides

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Re: Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Posted by: IwillDrive5extraMiles ()
Date: May 25, 2016 12:18PM

South Lakes Shopping Center in Reston. I'll go 5 miles out of my way to get what I need and I'm still back home faster.

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Re: Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Posted by: Bobby Flay ()
Date: May 25, 2016 12:24PM

I've found the mattress stores in Vienna to be easily accessible.

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Re: Worst in and out parking for a business in Fairfax County that just isn't worth the hassle?
Posted by: Bob The Builder ()
Date: May 25, 2016 12:38PM

even worse Wrote:
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> Home Depot 7 Corners. Merrifield is a breeze
> compared to that place.


This and snipers can be an issue also.

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