Parking lot behind Petco now officially closed

We mentioned last week this was coming (that post, with project background, is here) …


The parking lot behind Petco is now closed for construction of Mural, but note, however, that the alley is NOT blocked off (notice the car parked behind Curious Kidstuff in the background of the photo). Other free parking options besides the one on the big banner in the pic include one lot we suspect many people overlook – the one on 42nd south of Oregon, behind the businesses on the eastern side of California.

10 Replies to "Parking lot behind Petco now officially closed"

  • wundrgrrrl December 11, 2007 (3:49 pm)

    This officially concludes my Petco shopping dayz… Call me a lazy weakling, but I just can’t carry 30lbs of litter more than about 30 yards!

  • MAS December 11, 2007 (5:15 pm)

    wundrgrrrl – You mist have been very lucky with parking at the Petco, as I typically couldn’t get parking there even when the lot was open from all of the folks illegally parking in that lot. We quit patronizing them just because they wouldn’t enforce their own parking.

  • Jen V. December 12, 2007 (12:20 pm)

    gee, if only West Seattle had some other pet stores…..

  • OP December 12, 2007 (12:33 pm)

    They do, Jan V. Complete with overpriced food, organic treats for pets (like pets care whether stuff is organic) and brooding, pierced (but generally nice) hippies/slackers behind the counter.

    Anyway, here’s to parking in front of someone’s house on a side street! Woo-hoo!

  • Al December 12, 2007 (12:55 pm)

    I don’t spend any more $ at one of the independent shops (in the Admiral area) than I did at Petco. My pets get better quality food, toys and other items. The people who work there are stellar and more informed that anyone I ever encountered at Petco. Parking in front of someone’s house (for me) is a last resort. BTW: all streets are public and the homeowner does not own the street in front of their house.

  • Todd December 12, 2007 (4:10 pm)

    Totally agree, sometimes one has to park on the street infront of a residence. Just wanted to point out to anyone that may not know, it is illegal to block someones drive way and or to park within 5 feet of a drive way. I thought this was common sense or common knowledge or common courtesy but I had some issues while California Ave was being repaved.. people who used to park on California could not so they parked one block away which was infront of my house. I had many a day where I could not leave to go to work or take my child(ren) to school, doctors appointments, etc.. Nervously and reluctantly, I called the non emergency police line about once a week but never got a resolution, just had to wait it out. I would have parked on the street so I could have left easier but there were no spots to safely park and transport small children when I got home so as funny as it sounds, I was forced to park in my own drive way. :) I know my situation is extreme but I just wanted to point out the law even though it does not appear to be inforced.

  • bca December 12, 2007 (4:21 pm)

    I’m all for supporting local businesses. I’m even willing to spend a little more to do so. But Petco has two big advantages: (1) it’s open late and (2) it caters to a wide variety of pets (not just cats and dogs). And MAS is right, I could never find parking in that lot, anyway.

  • GenHillOne December 12, 2007 (5:07 pm)

    MAS – while not my favorite place to shop, in Petco’s defense, the lot hadn’t been theirs to enforce in quite some time. Once it was sold to the monorail project, and never bought back when the project failed, it was out of their hands.

    Can I appeal now to the numerous other stores (to whom I’d gladly bring my spoiled cats’ business)…anyone care to pick up the reptile lovers? Petco is the only place to get crickets and – sorry, cover your ears – feeder mice.

  • Jiggers December 12, 2007 (5:25 pm)

    There’s not enough sugary hangouts either Jen..

  • GenHillOne December 16, 2007 (7:43 pm)

    So I’m a bit slow on this – just saw the work being done today – and realized that the footprint also encompasses the rogue parking lot next door (torn down house that once held medical offices). The fact that Petco no longer owned ‘their’ lot, and couldn’t enforce who parked there, got me to wondering, who owns the next lot to the south of Rocksport? It’s always sort of irked me that there is a fence along the alley. Now with the construction, it’s even more difficult to park there and do business to the south. Has Rocksport just been benefiting from status quo?

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