All right St. George. We need to talk about the Red Rock Commons parking lot.

Picture this. You decide to drive over to the Red Rock Commons Shopping Center and get yourself a delicious Firehouse Sub, or perhaps a chicken sandwich at Chick-fil-A.

You're hungry for some Chick Fil-A, Firehouse, Habit or Cafe Rio..(canva)
You're hungry for some Chick Fil-A, Firehouse, Habit or Cafe Rio (canva)
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But as you get closer on River Road(which is getting increasingly congested every day), you realize you have made a terrible miscalculation. The line to get into the shopping center is stretching all the way from the end of Chick-fil-A, past the intersection, and down the road.

There are only 2 ways into the center, and both are always clogged to the road. (canva/google maps)
There are only 2 ways into the center, and both are always clogged to the road. (canva/google maps)
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There is no way that you're going to get into that place in a timely manner. And once you do finally get in there, the parking lot is like a scene from MAD MAX FURY ROAD.  

"Welcome to the Jungle Baby! You're gonna diiiiiiiiiiie!!!" (canva/warner bros)
"Welcome to the Jungle Baby! You're gonna diiiiiiiiiiie!!!" (canva/warner bros)
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It is a total madhouse in there. Not only are there not enough parking spots, but there's not enough room to drive around to find one.

There's a lot of honking, there's a lot of swearing, and every time I want to go to Yogurtland, I feel like I have to take a handful of Xanax first.

It's easy to have a mild mental breakdown just trying to get around in there.
It's easy to have a mild mental breakdown just trying to get around in there.
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How did we get here??  Is this because of Chick-Fil-A's popularity?  It seems that many of the problems stem from the drive through line being so long, and the parking lot not being designed to handle that kind of traffic.

To their credit, Chick Fil-A is the most efficient drive-through I've ever experienced and they do the very best they can with the spot they have.

But then again, it's even packed up on Sundays when Chick Fil-A is closed.  So if they're not the ones to blame, does that just mean this shopping center designed by the devil himself?

B. Al Zeebub, parking lot planner, looking over his kingdom. (canva/google maps)
B. Al Zeebub, parking lot planner, looking over his kingdom. (canva/google maps)
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And that's just a normal day. If it's something like the St. George Parade of Homes, or the Iron Man, forget it. Completely out of the question for locals because that is by far the busiest spot in town.

There are only 2 ways in and out. If it's the Parade of Homes or Spring Break, good luck. (canva/google maps)
If it's the Parade of Homes or Spring Break, good luck getting out safely. (canva/google maps)
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So I ask this. Can anything be done? Can we change the way the roads are?  What on earth can we possibly do to remedy this situation, and who do we talk to?  I don't know.  But SOMETHING has to be done.

In the meantime, I will see if we can get somebody to perform an exorcism from the roof of The Mattress Firm.

Maybe the only solution is an exorcism of the parking lot. (canva/google maps)
Maybe the only solution is an exorcism of the parking lot. (canva/google maps)
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