Finding a parking space at Maywood Mart could be easier by the end of the year, at least according to property owners.
For months, patrons have been confused by the parking situation at the popular shopping center.
The problem comes as the parking lot’s seal has worn off and the older parking space markings have come into full view.
A common occurrence is to see cars parked both horizontally and diagonally.
Ami Ziff, director of national retail for Time Equities, the New York-based firm that owns Maywood Mart, said owners are aware of the problem and have plans to address it.
“We … are in the process of scheduling the resealing of the parking lot and repainting of the lines as we speak,” he said last week. “The safety of the visitors of Maywood Mart is always a top priority for us.
“We plan to have this completed before the end of the year.”
Matt Basden, director of McDade’s Wine and Spirits, was glad to hear the news. “They are recognizing the problem and putting a measure in place to remedy it,” he said. “I think it’s a good move.”
Basden said customers often come in the store questioning whether they and their fellow shoppers have parked correctly.
“We have gotten customers who come in complaining about how other people are parked, and they’re wondering whether they parked correctly, too,” he said. “There is a confusion there because you see both sets of lines.”
Marion Carmer, salon coordinator with Watercolor Salon, echoed Basden’s sentiments.
“We get comments all the time. Everyone walks in here and talks about how confusing the parking is,” she said.
Time Equities re-configured the parking lot several years ago, in part, to improve traffic flow.
Among changes, parking spaces were changed from diagonal to straight, and driving lanes were changed from one-way to two-way.
However, in recent months, the original striping has re-emerged, giving motorists headaches.
“I moved here from California two and a half years ago, so I supposed them be straight,” Carmer said, referring to the parking spaces. “We have seen these other lines pop up. It’s crazy-looking.”
Maywood Mart opened in 1956 and is located at the corner of the I-55 North frontage road and East Northside Drive. It is home to a major grocery store, a nationally known pet retailer, a wine shop, salon, gift shop, restaurants and other retail establishments.
Time Equities purchased the center out of bankruptcy in 2003.