'The Parking Spot' becomes casualty of decline in MEM flights - Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

'The Parking Spot' becomes casualty of decline in MEM flights

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After three years shuttling travelers, the business will close for good Sunday night. After three years shuttling travelers, the business will close for good Sunday night.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Another business has become a casualty of a decline in flights offered at Memphis International Airport.

The Parking Spot on Democrat Road is a park and ride service for travelers coming in and out of the airport. But like their logo, business has become spotty during a steady decline of flights before and after Memphis lost it's Delta AirLines hub.

After three years shuttling travelers, the business will close for good Sunday night.

Frequent business flier Shannon Mullins says the park and ride option was both convenient and safe.

"Come in at crazy hours, in and out early in the morning, late at night," said Shannon Mullins. "Valet is always great, great to me, police, courteous, hate to see them closing."

She continued," Especially for, you know, women business travelers. Valet is a very safe way to go."

The Parking Spot General Manager Greg Saddler told Action News 5 that when the business opened in 2010, the lot averaged 600 to 700 cars per day. Friday, they averaged about 300 vehicles, which is not enough to stay in business.

"Another sign of us just losing another great place and Memphis is a great place to travel in and out of because we're so centrally located," added Mullins.

Despite the airport's central location, a decline in flights means a decline in clientèle for surrounding businesses taking flight from a once thriving industry.

About 36 employees will lose their jobs. They have been given the option to relocate to one of the chain's 25 other locations spread out across the country.

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