ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – It seems like a simple request, but a Nob Hill business owner says she’s been called names and flipped off for trying to address a parking problem on her property.
It’s nothing new: Nob Hill businesses cracking down on drivers for parking in their lots. But one owner says she can’t even get people to stop parking in front of her driveway where her customers need to exit.
Yarn Store At Nob Hill Owner Tere McDowell says she’s tried everything. She’s asked nicely and given stern warnings. However, she finds drivers are either rude or just confused.
The Yarn Store has been in Nob Hill for six years, and McDowell says the parking problem has also been going on for about that long.
“We did have a sign out here four years ago that said, ‘Please do not block driveway,’ and that sign was stolen and somebody parked in the driveway,” said McDowell.
Even customers have tried to help. Mcdowell called knitter Chris Wilborn, the “gatekeeper.”
“Because I’m super strong and I’ll get out there and tell them to move,” said Wilborn.
She’s guessing drivers end up here because there’s not enough Nob Hill parking elsewhere.
The constant battle has McDowell at a loss for words.
She says other residents and business owners in Nob Hill have experienced it too.
Most nights the yarn store is open until 6 p.m., but it also hosts “Friday Night Knits” on the first Friday of every month where the store stays open until 10 p.m. That’s when they’ve run into the most trouble.
The store owner says she’s even considering hiring someone to make sure drivers don’t block her driveway on nights when the store is open late.