Worst Parking Lot in Branford Goes To…

Really? You’re just going to park your car like that and go shopping?

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Last week I was making a trip into the Stop & Shop on Leetes Island Road and noticed a car parked nearly sideways in a handicap spot. It got me thinking about troublesome parking lots around town.

Stop & Shop can be tough to navigate, but I think I’d have to say that Branhaven Plaza where Big Y is, might be the worst. Let us not forget the unlicensed driver who careened into Radio Shack and Justice for Girls in the plaza last December.

But Branhaven Plaza isn’t the only place where driving goes wrong. A woman decided to dine-in at Yooki Yama last January in the center of town.

What are the most troublesome parking lots in town in your opinion?

Alana Joli Abbott October 02, 2012 at 06:19 PM
I actually find the Starbucks/Subway-strip lot by exit 53 a difficult one to use. Coming out of the Starbucks drive thru and going through that lot can be hazardous, because it's quite hard for the parked cars to get line of sight to anyone coming around behind. It's also a very narrow entrance/exit on the Subway side. Funny tangent: the other day, a police officer in one of the awesome stealth cars had pulled someone over in the Starbucks lot -- facing the wrong direction! That lot can be a tight squeeze anyway, and the addition of a ticket-in-process completely confused the drive thru line. (I'm sure our rubber-necking didn't help. *g*)
Beverage Guy October 02, 2012 at 06:30 PM
That must be why I don't like Starbucks. OK, that and the fact you have to 'make' your own coffee.
Dana Schmidt, RN, IBCLC October 02, 2012 at 06:38 PM
If not the worst parking lot, definitely the worst to pull out of!
sean October 02, 2012 at 11:10 PM
The WORST is trying to navigate your way through parking at the Short Beach post office. And WHEN there is a resturant on the corner parking is even worse. People park whichever and however they feel, with little regard for people or traffic ( which happens to be a very busy Short Beach Rd ), even parking in residents driveways and lawns. So thats my vote.......
Steve from SAAC October 03, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Did someone say Branhaven Plaza? http://branford.patch.com/articles/84-year-old-driver-strikes-84-year-old-pedestrian-in-big-y-parking-lot I guess in a face-off between two 84-year-olds, the one driving the car usually wins... OUCH.


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