How was the Traffic in Wainscott This Summer?

In light of the car wash proposal for the old Star Room property, weigh-in on how the traffic was around the temporary Whole Foods store down the street.

How was the traffic in Wainscott this summer? We want you to weigh-in as there are some serious changes coming to the Montauk Highway area west of the light.

This summer, Whole Foods opened a temporary "farm stand" location at the former Plitt Ford property in Wainscott, while a 17,000-square-foot building was in the process of being approved for that site.

Just a few properties west, there is a proposal to turn a former nightclub into a car wash.

We were wondering if you think that area can handle the added traffic? How did it go this summer with cars entering and exiting Whole Foods? Sound off below.

Jennifer Rockford September 20, 2012 at 04:38 PM
As long as you know how to enter and exit using only right hand turns it was fine...and if you think I am telling you how to accomplish that feat, think again. A girl has to have some secrets....
Steven Gaines September 20, 2012 at 05:20 PM
The traffic was terrible, not so much because of the Whole Foods store but the traffic light and the traffic for the post office and seafood shop. Traffic was backed up for miles heading west. The car wash idea is one of the worst ideas I've ever heard for a business on the highway in Wainscott. I don't care if the Swamp is presently an eyesore. The remedy for that is not putting in an ugly, traffic-inducing, car wash in what should be a green belt.
S.B. Bonacker September 20, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Going West through Wainscott in the mornings and evenings was awful this summer! The back-up went for miles. The traffic light is of course to blame, but it's necessary, there's no other safe way for people to cross the highway on foot. I don't think the car wash is a good idea in that location, but we do need another car wash place somewhere out here between Amagansett & Southampton, that's for sure.
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) September 20, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Any suggestions of where?
IJ MEYER September 20, 2012 at 09:58 PM
The morons that actually shopped at the "pop-up" were the worst. People pulling out in front of you and thinking they have the right of way. My favorite is when an idiot with 2 kids in the back of a mini cooper pulling out in front of me driving a giant truck. Now the store is gone (Thank God) and they took all the money they made with them. A "test" as they call it would have been better in the winter when they could really see what business would be like.
ViralGrain September 21, 2012 at 01:42 AM
What kind of stupid question is that. Guess it was good if you spend most of your living days next to a toll both during rush hour.
Walter Noller September 21, 2012 at 01:15 PM
When you take the fact this is our only access road in/out of the area there needs to be a concerted effort to work on an area for commerce that does not effect the flow of traffic. There's plenty of room north of the highway that can be used for retail and even a carwash for those who don't own a bucket and hose... (can't we do some things ourself?) I, again, say the allowance of Whole Foods (and others) to become a seasonal blight on the community was just a bad idea. If you want to be part of the area, be here all year 'round. Seasonal traffic should benefit local business, it should never be allowed to bring there own convenience stores in to compete with local commerce then leave store fronts empty for us to look at the rest of the year. Invest in the area or don't bother coming.. it's just a slap in the face of those who reside here.
ViralGrain September 21, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Walter Noller September 21, 2012 at 02:07 PM
One more thought. Years ago there was a proposal that would put a road that would bypass the towns, giving easy access to each of the villages without going through them. Of course this was seen as a terrible idea and oh, how the local businesses would suffer. Forward some 40 years or so and nobody even entertains the thought of going into town (certainly not on weekends that start Thursday night) and simply have little need for three months, to fight the traffic on Main St.'s or parking lots. This has given way to stores that are there for the tourists and gone are the Mom n'Pops. Try buying sox and underwear other than at TJ and Big K. Just another "great idea" to keep us bucolic gone bad. And now even the visitors know the back roads as if it's the dirty secret they're part of. Now traffic on those back roads are worse than traveling 27. May as well call it Scuttlehole Highway.
amy salle September 21, 2012 at 03:10 PM
I work in Wainscott and travel from West Hampton. The traffic was the worst I have seen it in the last five years. Then, open a Whole Foods on the corner and the traffic triple!!! Major intersection with major traffic = accidents!!!!!!! The entire East End was bad this year. How many accidents? How people airlifted? How many fatalities???? Something needs to be done!!!!
Love East Hampton September 21, 2012 at 03:13 PM
re; underwear...try the General Store in Sag Harbor. Actually, Sag Harbor is the place to go on weekends to avoid all the madness in general. 114 never jammed. Town not full of designer boutiques and trendy people.
Love East Hampton September 21, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Agreed, don't think Whole Foods had much to do with it. We always remarked how few cars were in their parking lot as we went by. I don't think they did a lot of business, and I'd be surprised if they're back next summer, at least in that location. They brought nothing new/better to the party. Hamptons are not Manhattan....lots of good, fresh wholesome stuff available out here, from businesses that are here for the long haul.
Anita The Diva September 21, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Hear,hear! I agree the actual traffic from Whole Foods was never that bad.My complaint - only once, that's all it took - was the prices at whole Foods. I could never understand why people went back let alone purchased after reading the prices. They were higher than anywhere else and certainly no better or different. We certainly do have better already here - and businesses by residents. Go our Own.!
Joyce Whitby September 23, 2012 at 11:51 AM
Traffic was terrible everywhere, especially Scuttlehole. I don't think any specific business accounts for it. Just too many people/cars . This year we seemed to reach over-saturation, the worst in my memory. I am thinking of leaving for the summer next year. Something is wrong when you don't want to be in your own beloved home.


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