Edited: As of May 1, 2019, there is some improvement. We are looking forward to further improvements after Friday.
There is a problem at the QFC in Port Hadlock. If your mobility isn’t impaired by a disability you may not have noticed. But if you or a loved one uses a wheelchair to get around, it’s obvious. The wheelchair access zone right next to the handicapped parking spot is always blocked. What it is blocked by depends on the season. Right now, it’s annual flowers. Later it’s sure to be watermelons, and then pumpkins. All year, every year, it’s always something.
We have told the managers about the dangers of forcing wheelchair users into the traffic in the parking lot. We have given them suggestions for easily setting up their merchandise in ways that won’t block wheelchair access to the door. We’re not demanding an expensive retrofit of their sidewalk. We are only asking for a simple, merchandise-free, path to the doorway.
Years of asking nicely hasn’t produced any results. This seems like deliberate inaction.
We understand that the store is busy from morning to night, seven days a week. It’s often difficult to find a parking spot. Lines at the checkout frequently snake past the freezers. Space is at a premium. We get it. However, the experience of pulling up to the parking space and seeing that, once again, access has been made unnecessarily difficult is off-putting at best.
What’s most upsetting is that QFC management doesn’t seem to care about our safety, dignity or our rights. They don’t appear to care if we’re able to participate in the community, or whether we feel welcome to do so. It doesn’t look as if they care whether or not we even patronize their store, and it often feels to us as if they prefer we didn’t.
Please help us get the managers of the QFC in Port Hadlock to understand our concerns are real.
Call 1-800-KRO-GERS (1-800-576-4377)
Co-Signed by; David Griffiths, Kacie Starling, Kristina Stimson, Bethel Prescott, Lauri Chambers, David Johnson, Drew Hendricks, Celeste Bennett