Pleasant Hill – Safeway Gas Station Changes Line Direction for Gas Pumpers

September 12, 2013 8:00 am · 55 comments


If you plan to visit the Safeway gas station on Contra Costa Blvd. in Pleasant Hill, you better be aware of the big changes they made regarding the way cars line up to wait for their turn at the pump.

As you can tell from the pictures, you now have to go into the station from the opposite direction.

Click on the google map for a much larger view of where you can and cannot drive as you approach the station.

This is especially important, because Nordstrom Rack is opening today, and this parking lot is about to get a lot more crowded.

Thanks to Paul for your fantastic work creating the map and taking the pictures of the new setup! It’s very much appreciated!

Paul (formerly) in South Concord September 12, 2013 at 8:18 AM

You go, Mayor! Rock out with your BLOG out 😉

RanchgirlCA September 12, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Not sure when the made these changes, but it was set up this way last weekend. They should’ve done this from the beginning.

JET September 12, 2013 at 8:43 AM

This place has been a nightmare from Day 1.
The city should have never approved this in the same (small) parking lot with a new Safeway AND now Nordstrom Rack. I went one time and decided that saving .04 extra cents on a gallon of gas wasn’t worth the headache.

biggus thinkus September 12, 2013 at 8:46 AM

[note to self; continue to stay away from that area at all costs]

Palermo September 12, 2013 at 8:46 AM

I think Safeway is the reason CVS went under there, it was totally impossible to park. I’m not happy that now the JC Penney Home Store parking lot is going to be a zoo, it was always so pleasant to shop there, having your pick of the spots.

Palermo September 12, 2013 at 8:47 AM

I think Safeway gas is the reason CVS went under there, it was totally impossible to park. I’m not happy that now the JC Penney Home Store parking lot is going to be a zoo, it was always so pleasant to shop there, having your pick of the spots.

Well... September 12, 2013 at 8:47 AM

What a mess. So they rerouted the traffic to go past the front of the store where there is the most foot traffic. How long until someone is in a hurry to get to the pump and they hit someone walking into or out of the store? I tried to use those pumps once. I gave up and went across the street. It was faster and easier.

Good Luck Safeway & NR September 12, 2013 at 8:49 AM

OMG what a mess this is going to be…do you see all the shoppers parking spaces that are going to be blocked by cars, trucks, suv’s, campers, boats and trailers waiting in line for gas. Talk about road rage! I hate to say it but the only solution for this is a multilevel parking lot. I bought gas there a few times and saved a few cents however the wait for getting gas was getting crazy. You almost burn the money you save in gas while waiting in line. Now I just use my 20 cents a gallon discount a Chevron.

Cat September 12, 2013 at 8:54 AM

It seemed to flow with more ease and was well marked. Loved getting .80 off a gallon with my safeway card!

Dorothy September 12, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Did they make one of the UP parking lanes into a DOWN only?

Next time I have need to go to the mall, I’ll go in at the other end.

Nutsie the Nutter September 12, 2013 at 9:10 AM

What a bunch of whiners. Get up early on a Saturday or Sunday morning and drive right to the pump, get gas and leave.

tired of taxes September 12, 2013 at 9:12 AM

@ #8
Sounds just about right. Safeway should have left the traffic route as is. I will definitely not use the Safeway parking spots anymore because of that route. I don’t want to be stuck in my parking spot waiting for the car behind me that is lined up for gas.
If I absolutely have to shop at that Safeway (instead of the other Pleasant Hill Safeway a little further down the road, nearer the cinemas), I’ll probably end up parking at Sun Valley. And then I’ll try to remember to use the smaller black shopping carts whose wheels don’t lock if you roll them too far away from the Safeway parking lot.

GoGo Gomez September 12, 2013 at 9:14 AM

Can we say nightmare!

Jojo Potato September 12, 2013 at 9:16 AM

How are the people parking for safeway supposed to get out of their slot when the aisle is full of cars waiting for the gas pumps? This is a mess just waiting to happen. Or maybe people will realize that Nordstrom rack is just cheaper same old thing and come to their senses? It could happen.

JD September 12, 2013 at 9:18 AM

I was at Safeway yesterday. This is a tragedy waiting to happen. The traffic in front of Safeway and along the parking lanes is atrocious. A pedestrian is going to get hit and I predict it won’t take too long for that to happen.

I don’t buy Safeway gas, so I’ve never experienced that part of the parking lot. But this “solution” is BAD, BAD, BAD for the stores and the pedestrians.

Living in Claycord September 12, 2013 at 9:19 AM

And it will only get worse. Safeway is offering an additional $ . 80 per gallon off gas if you buy $150.00 in groceries in a single shopping visit.

always packed September 12, 2013 at 9:41 AM

All Safeway would have to do is raise their prices so the gas is less desirable, making the lines shorter. Won’t happen.

I can just see Pleasant Hill planners face palming over this one.

GT September 12, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Think its bad now wait until the holidays.
Was there yesterday and cars were backed up blocking people who were trying to get out of the parking lot..crazy

Minor thing September 12, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Map is wrong, middle right turn only points against the direction of the parking spots. September 12, 2013 at 9:57 AM

@Minor Thing, some of the spots have been turned and are no longer angled.


Minor thing September 12, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Thanks for the clarification

Sheila September 12, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Even though Safeway gas is cheap, there are gas stations that are just as cheap, if not cheaper. I stopped going there a couple of months ago.

Now it’s been confirmed that I made the right decision!

Rick September 12, 2013 at 10:07 AM

It wasn’t worth it to me to go to this Safeway for gas. We live in WC.

But it’s worth it to a lot of people. You can save up to $1.00 off PER GALLON, depending on the amount of money you had spent at Safeway in the last month.

Most of the people in front of me (when I did go) were saving 20 cents to $1.00 off per gallon, which is worth it.

I wasn’t one of those people, so I stopped going.

If you’re not cashing in on those savings, it’s easier to go elsewhere!

Mama Bear September 12, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Every time I have been over there has been a long line like there always is at costco for gas

Lori September 12, 2013 at 10:39 AM

No longer shop at Safeway their quality in most departments, especially fruits and veggies is nowhere near what it was when they first opened. Make sure you check expiration dates on EVERYTHING you buy there. Never had time to wait in those ridiculous lines for gas or to deal with impatient people. I’ll have to figure out off hours for Safeway shoppers and Safeway gas buyers so I can find a parking spot to check out NR. Looks like a nightmare to me.

Will have long waits to exit September 12, 2013 at 10:42 AM

So now the wait at the pump will get linger as people wait for thst opportune moment to exit into the entrance lane from contraception costa blvd. and when they exit from the pumps, will it be a right turn only towards Nordstrom rack? Or will proe be wsiting to turn left to get back to contra costa blvd? Because if a left turn is allowed as you exit, there will be very long waits to get out

Paul (formerly) in South Concord September 12, 2013 at 10:44 AM

@ Minor Thing… As I could not secure the use of a helicopter for the purpose of taking updated photos, it had to use what was available, on the intermess. Well, okay… a Google Earth screenshot, rotated & cropped, lol. So, as a result, the base image is from earlier in the year, prior to the redirection & new parking stall striping. Ironically, I COULD get the use of a small, fixed-wing aircraft… but sadly lack the proper photographic equipment to shoot good photos, from one.

Howard K Mullins III September 12, 2013 at 10:49 AM

That parking lot was a great place to avoid before. I don’t see how that has changed any.

Denise September 12, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Rick is correct. Most of the people at that Safeway buying gas are not paying the printed price. They’re saving up to $1.00 off per gallon, which makes those lines worth it.

I wasn’t saving that much, and they did away with the 3 cents off per gallon automatically with club card (if you didn’t have savings accumulated), so I stopped going there too.

Sprarsa Evure September 12, 2013 at 11:00 AM

I am so excited about Nordstrom. I told my husband I was going shopping, he had the nerve to ask me if I had money–I told him of course I do, yours. He hid his wallet from me, so now I’ll have to wait.

Teacher Wannabe September 12, 2013 at 11:07 AM

@well. Obviusly you can’t read maps. The gas lines USED to go by the front, now it goes along the street side.

@palermo. CVS was planning on closing BEFORE safeway moved in.

To all nay sayers, it may be crowded, but I have rarely had problems, and saving 50 -60 cents/gal. Is worth it.

Anon September 12, 2013 at 11:07 AM

I was just there two days ago getting my $1 off per gallon. Initially the new config is a little confusing but it is an improvement. I go off hours and the line moves quickly. If you are worried about getting blocked in don’t park in that one row, pretty simple. There is also parking on the Sun Valley side that rarely fills up.

That CVS was an eyesore as was the empty Mervyns space. I’m happy it is filled and will gladly deal with some parking headaches.

Anon September 12, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Anyone else see the MASSIVE crowd outside of Nordstrom Rack this morning a couple hours before opening? I knew it was going to be a zoo, but it was insanity. If only that many people were that motivated about voting. I didn’t have my camera on me so I could send a pic to Claycord, but I was hoping someone would.

lucy September 12, 2013 at 11:22 AM

I will never go there antime before 10pm. It has been a hassle and a cluster mess since day 1~~ They did not put any thought into this parking lot, or else it would not be such a nightmare! Now when we park in the isle we will not be able to back out because there will be a line of cars at our rear end!!!! I think I will just start shopping at the other Safeway down the road a bit @ Gregory or up over the hill to ALhambra

Mimi (original) September 12, 2013 at 11:28 AM

This gas station has been a nightmare since day one! Safeway and the city planners obviously had their heads up their…..uhh, in the clouds when they were laying out the parking lot and access to the gas station. Switching the access direction may make it a little better, but I doubt it will. I only go there when I happen to be in the area, I don’t make a special trip, and I WON’T shop in that huge Safeway! The aisles seem to go on forever before you can escape. They should have made a center aisle “break” in the long aisles. It’s bad for claustrophobics like me!

Elawise September 12, 2013 at 11:35 AM

I’m so glad that CVS is gone, but I went for gas there a few days ago and the lines haven’t improved even with the change in the parking lot. I rarely shop at safeway-so the savings for me aren’t really worth it.

TC September 12, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Yeah right.. Like people are gonna follow painted lines.

Get real you stupid ass planners and engineers.

Owl Lady September 12, 2013 at 11:54 AM

We save our points and fill up our motorhome there. It is a big savings for us, worth the hassle. We also try to go at the off hours, and, there have always been employees who manage the traffic. Those kids are sweet and do a good job.

Well... September 12, 2013 at 11:58 AM

@teacher wannabe… look at it again. You have to pass in front of Nordstroms and Safeway. It was even mentioned on the news today. Good thing you are just a wanna be and not a real teacher.

N.Concord September 12, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Looked good on paper, to much in to small
a location. Won’t go there any more.

Lorelei September 12, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Anyone know which busses go down to “The Rack?”

HeyYou September 12, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Already got stuck in the parking spot where everyone waits in line for gas! Wooo!

Just Sayn September 12, 2013 at 12:57 PM

@Mimi, if your Claustraphobic you may
qualify for a service dog to ease your shopping

PH Fan September 12, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Jeez, its not that big of a deal. Avoid it if you don’t like it…more room for me!

Elwood September 12, 2013 at 1:47 PM

This is what’s commonly referred to as a cluster****.

BCuzItzClaycord September 12, 2013 at 1:53 PM

Doesn’t matter to me I don’t shop at Safeway……….poor quility produce, poor quality meat.
As for Nordies………………empty Nordies card in my wallet. (all good Washingtonians have a Nordies card)……will go in a couple of week once all the hubbub dies down. I can park by Penney’s and walk.

FINALLY September 12, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Whoever developed this shopping center obviously does not live around here…. it will be hilarious to see it when the Nordstrom Rack opens…. or maybe it already has. I just don’t even go over there any more, cluster f of a mess.

Mimi (original) September 12, 2013 at 3:28 PM

@Just Sayn – now, that would be great! If only!! LOL!!

Rick September 12, 2013 at 3:33 PM

@ Lorelei-41

The same bus that goes to Whole Foods. The bus of “we don’t want your business.”

RanchgirlCA September 12, 2013 at 3:42 PM

I’m glad to go to this Safeway for gas. If I can get $1.00 off a gallon, heck yeah. I go early before the lines start. If they are going to have the traffic line up down one of the parking aisles they need to remove on side of parking and put the gas lane there, so parked cars can back out. If they get it right, it won’t be so bad. It could be ugly, until Norstrom Rack has been open for a while.

Anonymous September 12, 2013 at 3:58 PM

You know you can use your Safeway fuel rewards at Chevron too- up to $0.20 off/gallon.

I use Safeway’s online shopping tool called Just for U where I often get fuel reward coupons. All I have to do is click “Add this deal to my Club Card” and boom! The next time I shop the rewards are applied at the register. There are other coupons and personalized deals that are relevant to my shopping history. There is a great app for the program too!

I think everyone’s deals are different (my rewards differ from my boyfriend’s), but I regularly get gas rewards offers. Give it a try if you haven’t already!

mortimer September 12, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Safeway is stupid and the city of PH IS INCOMPETENT….you want to get this figured out , get Dick Bolcerek in there. He’s one manager who can get the job done.

anon September 13, 2013 at 6:36 AM

What are the gas station hours?

Paul (formerly) in South Concord September 13, 2013 at 8:58 AM

The store is open 24 hours and I believe the gas station is, as well. I’ve been in there pretty late at night and early morning.

Cowellian September 13, 2013 at 9:58 AM

I like saving money by using my Kroger discount when buying gas. But my Kroger gas station isn’t right in front of the store, where everyone is trying to park. Instead, it’s at the far corner of the shopping center, where it’s out of the way.

This Safeway situation was not very well thought out.

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