As shops and businesses on Hertel Avenue kicked off the holiday season with the annual Hertel Holiday Shop and Dine, several visitors learned a tough lesson on the downside of a growing city.
The district manager of Marco’s Pizza on Hertel said the situation began after customers notified the restaurant they had nowhere to park and pick up food orders Saturday night.
The spots, designated for Marco’s pizza customers, were occupied by non-customers.
District manager Nathan Brandt told 7 Eyewitness News, after discussing the issue with several managers he made the tough decision to have between 4-5 cars in the lot towed.
“It was a last resort thing,” Brandt said during a phone interview. “In retrospect it’s not something we feel good about.”
Saturday’s parking situation highlights a situation that, according to one Hertel business owner, has been a topic of conversation for years.
Business owner and Hertel Business Association member Sue Tobin says several business owners have worked to develop solutions to the parking situation.
“We’ve talked about restructuring the parking zones and extending them out further to the curb,” Tobin said.
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