WATCH OUT! Big Potholes in the Bel-Air Shopping Center in Concord

December 26, 2012 11:03 am · 24 comments


If you’re driving in the Bel-Air shopping center in Concord (Staple’s Shopping Center at Clayton & Treat), watch out for a few big giant potholes.

Looks like there were trees there at one point. The holes can be seen in dry weather, but when it rains, they get covered with water and will do damage to your vehicle if you drive over them.

Be careful!

J. December 26, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Looks like an upside-down manhole-cover.

KJ December 26, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Does anyone know what happened to the liquor store that used to be there? I think it was called Pierre’s. It seemed to have been vacated overnight a couple weeks ago.

That shopping center is getting really run down.

anon December 26, 2012 at 11:23 AM

If you are using the parking lot correctly you should never have issue with the tree surround. If you slowly pull into the space even if you go too far you will detect that you should stop and reverse off the surround. You should always back out of the space – not drive through it as a short cut.

NoMoreFreeRide December 26, 2012 at 11:36 AM

I’m guessing this is where old planters used to be? They are cement pipes stacked vertically with a tree or bushes in them. The pipe that sat on top of this one is gone.

rick rakestraw December 26, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Not a man hole cover, it is where a tree was planted at one time. I all so hit it a couple months ago. The property manager needs to take a look at this before someone trips on it or does some very bad damage to someones vehicle.

Don't Censor Me Bro December 26, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Premises liability…

Maybe Travis B. can tell us about defenses thereto?

Antler December 26, 2012 at 12:26 PM

This one is in front of the Post Office at the end of the “tree” row as you’re aiming for the exit onto Denkinger Road. The parking spaces in that center need to be relined as well, as cars are starting to sit helter-skelter.

Meant to report that, even on a VERY busy Christmas Eve afternoon at the Denkinger Safeway, the parking lot was functioning very nicely……BECAUSE it has one-way/slanted parking aisles. Please, would some one of you publish for us the names and addresses of owners of Claycord shopping centers….or perhaps best if Mayor did that, if possible. Then “We The Consumer” could give it a shot so as to effect change.

Wisecracker December 26, 2012 at 1:04 PM

The Property Management needs to take care of these.
Unless you are familiar with the parking lot, they can be easily overlooked.

Bob December 26, 2012 at 2:13 PM

I was one of its victims,but did not do any damage to my car–was going back and spray paint the rim with orange glo paint, but never made it.

Mb December 26, 2012 at 4:52 PM

OMG! Just missed it over the weekend! It was full of water in my near miss. I believe there is another one heading towards CVS.

mileena December 26, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Not to be difficult or anything, but what is pictured is technically not a pothole.

Bob the Repairman December 26, 2012 at 6:26 PM

The whole strip mall should be leveled. It is really run down and needs major upgrades.

anon December 26, 2012 at 7:45 PM

That’s the same shopping center where the CVS store has beggers right outside of their doors. I was told that management can’t do anything about them.

Triple Canopy December 26, 2012 at 9:31 PM

Option 1. How about somebody contact the property management company and informing them of the problem? They can put a single barricade on it, a few orange cones, or (Concord-style) even screw together a couple of wooden pallets as an A-frame so people can see it.

Option 2. Contact the Concord planning department and tell them the development is out of compliance by not having a tree planted in the well and that it is creating a hazard.

Option 3. Ride your bicycle in the parking lot, crash, sustain minor injuries, and then sue the socks off the property owner and property management for negligence…. Hey, the economy sucks so ya gotta do what ya gotta do.

Worked at the center December 26, 2012 at 10:40 PM

At one time there were trees in the circles. I worked in this shopping center for more than 17 years, and the trees have been gone for years, and just the cement circles remain. Seen many drivers run over them and “spin” their tires trying to get out in certain circumstances. The owner of the shopping center is very cheap, and will not do any improvements. It’s a shame, as the center is prime real estate and should look nice!

Eye December 27, 2012 at 12:59 AM

Between the janky remains of a gas station on the corner and all the vacant, run down spaces,

Eye Pollution December 27, 2012 at 1:04 AM

Sorry for the incomplete post before this – my cat just ran over the keyboard and submitted my unfinished post to claycord,lol.

Staples and CVS must be getting really cheap rent to stay at such a janky run down shopping center. Between the remnants of a gas station on the corner and the empty, run down retail spaces, the place is an eyesore. The post office is just plain nasty and usually has garbage all over the lobby – empty coffee cups, wadded up paper, empty boxes, receipts, food wrappers. Now we have to put up with these booby traps?

Where’s Edi? We need the City of Concord to get the owners to clean this dump up!

Eye Pollution December 27, 2012 at 1:06 AM

Sorry about the incomplete post – my cat ran over my keyboard and submitted it before I was ready!

I think it’s time for the City of Concord to get the shopping center owner(s) to clean up this dump.

Mimi (original) December 27, 2012 at 1:14 AM

CVS in, quality out.

anon December 27, 2012 at 8:54 AM

I agree that when I went to that post office it was always dirty. I won’t go there anymore. I go to UPS across the street.

KJ December 27, 2012 at 8:59 AM

I fail to see how it is in the best interest of the owners to allow their property to get so seedy. Wouldn’t they make more money renting out space rather than letting it remain idle and become ever more dilapidated (and, thereby, even more undesirable for businesses)?

Perhaps they don’t have money (or access to loans) to make the necessary improvements; in which case, they should sell to someone who will properly develop and maintain this strip mall.

It's 'Meme' is that you Ma? December 27, 2012 at 12:48 PM

It looks like a tree hole with no tree???

The commercial real estate bubble is on us…these little mom and pop outfits are going under…Pierre’s went belly up just like the Dana store…These and many other small Concord icon’s are on the way out…How can you renew your lease when the property owners and the government – Federal State Local International – want every red cent they can shake from the tree…

‘Obama economic’s’ is on a fast track to unravel the make-up by the break-up of the good old ‘mom and pop’ enterprises of the past…it really is like who’s it’s Son-of Sam Donald-duck-son said to the tea-party peeps….”it’s not your country anymore, it’s ours”….

The fiscal cliff is a name only – the destruction is upon us and they just needed to call it something…Thanks Mr. Ben-afflack-ee something that can be blamed on someone…
Senator Harry Reid is at it as we speak…he’s finally ready to go to work now…the debt ceiling maxed and he still can’t budget a bill his own party will pass…all while he’s trying to help his friends make online poker solely their’s – “crony poker inc.”…The 2013 Vampire’s have strategies’ to make Zombie movie sets of many of our once favorite neighborhood hangouts and shops…Like the doctor said to my little brother – “it’ll only hurt for a minute” – but I’m not buying it!

Divide and Conquer – these Concord businesses have been conquered – and the cupboards are bare, as I look around I see so much sweat-equity and net worth gone…The – “pot hole too pot hole” across america – strategy to run the country like it’s been run the past 4 years is a mirror no-one wants to look into…especially the ding dong U.S. president. The fiscal cliff in name only has become an edge, a precipice, a drop, a bluff – hey that’s it – a bluff?
A slippery declivity (slope) ready to take on all comers – it’s an expectant blame-game to beat all blame-games – “the mother of all blame-games” – as Hussein might call it – “Change we must believe in”…
The pot-holes are there to change your front-end alignment and maybe create some business for those who are ready to assist for just another small piece of the shrinking pie…just a nibble…

I need a cup of coffee, and not that 2.25 crap…”bother can you spare a dime…How about 20 dimes…I’ll help you find your hub cap in the rain…

Love, “Meme.”
And I approved this “pot hole” rant!

Don't need any more reasons not to shop there December 27, 2012 at 9:28 PM

I had experiences similar to #13 and stopped shopping there a long time ago. This just confirms that was a good move. I don’t shop much in Concord any more and hope not to live here soon either.

@Meme #22 December 27, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Why do the Obama bashers always overlook the other factors of our economic crisis, i.e. the greedy out-of-control financial institutions that gutted our nation’s equity, from the equity in our homes to our IRA’s? It’s much easier and convenient to finger point at a mixed race guy with a “suspicious” name, not the bandits who made off with million-dollar bonuses after raping and pillaging our finances. Does AIG ring a bell?

It’s also more convenient to rant at Obama than taking a good hard look at the way American corporate greed has shifted so many of our jobs and manufacturing facilities overseas so that our economy has had the rug pulled out from under it, so to speak. Now we have highly-educated people driving taxis and flipping burgers so they can buy cheap crap imported from China at Walmart.

How about mega corporations like Walmart where so many employees are paid so little, they need government assistance like food stamps, to put food on the table? Those same people you are probably pissed off at for getting government “handouts.” Or the billions in corporate government tax cuts that do nothing except line the pockets of the upper management, owners and investors.

Seriously, do yourself a favor and educate yourself on the WHOLE PICTURE vs. singling out a single person on whom to vent your Fox media fueled frustration. Until you look at what the corporations are getting away with and what they’re doing to us, you won’t understand anything going on in this country.

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