The love of greasy fast food led many Aiken residents rushing to the new Five Guys Burgers, causing headaches for nearby businesses. Hungry patrons had to park all over the Millbrook Station strip mall due to lack of parking in front of Five Guys.
Customers found parking refuge in front of other businesses such as Cork & Bull Pub and Sakura – businesses which explicitly state that their parking lot is for their customers only. Three cars were eventually towed in the fracas.
The main problem in Five Guys week of existence is essentially a chain of parking nightmares. Customers going to the burger joint fill up Cork’s parking lot, who in turn fill up Sakura’s parking lot, and customers of each respective business are told to park wherever they can find a spot. Things weren’t eased when the owner of the strip mall hired a man to stand watch and try to assume control of the parking problem.
Eventually, law enforcement had to come out to fix the matter.
Things are just going to get worse – Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin Robbins are opening up new stores in the vicinity of Five Guys. The optimistic thoughts say that business will eventually plateau and things will correct themselves.