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Possible to stay overnight in a Walmart parking lot?

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Thunder Bay, Canada
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Possible to stay overnight in a Walmart parking lot?

Just wondering if it was legal or not to stay overnight in a Walmart parking lot? just looking for cheap ideas of accommodation? like camp out of my car in a Walmart parking lot? free? just asking.

Memphis, Tennessee
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1. Re: Possible to stay overnight in a Walmart parking lot?

Um, I would say no. Walmarts generally have security patrolling their parking lots 24/7.

Lakeland, TN
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2. Re: Possible to stay overnight in a Walmart parking lot?

Ok, I'll assume that you're serious and ask you to consider not buzzing through a great city like Memphis, trying to spend the night in a chain store parking lot knowing you won't sleep through sirens and security cruisers making rounds, then maybe cruising by Graceland on the way out of town and telling people you've been to Memphis and didn't see much

Edited: 7:46 am, September 15, 2013
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3. Re: Possible to stay overnight in a Walmart parking lot?

For the snarky skeptics ... It's actually a common practice in some areas. Whether the Memphis WalMarts allow it or not, couldn't tell you.

Edited: 8:01 am, September 15, 2013
Memphis, Tennessee
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4. Re: Possible to stay overnight in a Walmart parking lot?

I'm pretty sure it wouldn't be allowed in Memphis. Normally there are "no loitering" signs upon entering shopping center parking lots and spending the night would definitely be considered loitering.

If you're truly looking for inexpensive lodging in Memphis, the best deal going is Pilgrim House in the super cool and fun Cooper Young area. There's lots of restaurants, shops, bars, etc. that are walkable in that area and you can't beat $20 per night. Some of the best barbecue in Memphis, Central Barbecue, is located in that area.

pilgrimhouse.org/Pilgrim_House/Hostel.html

If you want to stay downtown, you could try the Vista Inn, the only hotel downtown with free parking for guests. If you're interested in camping, there's a link on the upper right hand side of this page under "top questions" about camping in and around Memphis.

Edited: 8:10 am, September 15, 2013
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5. Re: Possible to stay overnight in a Walmart parking lot?

Should this be Not, be yet another virtual tour ... There are several truck stops over in East Memphis, that will serve ... carracar

Lakeland, TN
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6. Re: Possible to stay overnight in a Walmart parking lot?

Check , for example the Pilgrim House Hostel at 1000 So, Cooper (901/273-8341) where a couple of years ago the rate for a clean room was $15, get some sleep & maybe talk to another traveler or local who can give you advice about a couple of Memphis attractions, drive the short distance to Downtown and walk to some sites and actually stop and take them in. You're talking about the sidewalks where Evis, B.B. King, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Muddy Waters and even Justin Timberlake walked in their formative years getting inspired by the music. Mark Cohn described it as "walking with his feet 10 feet off of Beale" after strolling a few blocks there. Take a minute to absorb The Mississippi, "Ol Man River" which is the artery in which you can find the pulse of the middle of this continent and get a feel for it's condition. I recommend jumping on the Riverfront Loop Trolley for a buck before deciding where to visit down there. Take a couple of hours and visit one of the top rated zoos in the U.S. featuring Giant Pandas, Many varieties of bears and cats, and Primates, all in state of the art habitats. Give it at least a minimal level of attention before headng out of town for the next parking lot! Memphis is the only place you can get the real deal: Home of the Blues, Birthplace of Rock nRoll, Memphis smoked pork barbecue, etc. You will however find a faux version of these things in an attempted Memphis style in some other cities. Spend the time and do the real thing while you can!

Memphis, Tennessee
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7. Re: Possible to stay overnight in a Walmart parking lot?

Carracar, you're thinking of West Memphis, AR. East Memphis is upscale suburbs.

Santa Fe, New Mexico
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8. Re: Possible to stay overnight in a Walmart parking lot?

Yes, WEST Memphis it is ... our OP, then can give Arkansas some "respect" if, OK City is indeed on this proposed tour ... carracar

Edited: 10:11 am, September 15, 2013
Marshall, Michigan
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9. Re: Possible to stay overnight in a Walmart parking lot?

At www.WalmartAtlas.com there is a free directory of Walmart stores that DO NOT ALLOW overnight parking of RVs. The Walmart Supercenter at 577 Germantown Pkwy, Memphis, TN is on that list, so you can't spend the night there.

Indiana
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10. Re: Possible to stay overnight in a Walmart parking lot?

Google Overnight parking at Walmart. There are two locations that claim it is allowed. I'm sure this could change without notice, so take it for what it's worth.

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