Once home, he tells KentOnline, he looked at the aerial map of the parking lot and, eliminating the spaces reserved for the disabled and motorcycles, but including those reserved for families, he counted 211 bays. He assumed he could complete the mission in four years’ time, with just one weekly grocery run.
Six years later (thank 2020 for that), Wild has completed his mission, as he proudly announced on Twitter earlier this week. He’s gone through three cars in the meantime and many shopping outings with out-of-patience kids, screaming that their dad was taking too long waiting for a particular bay to open.
Wild’s challenge, or “opus” as he calls it, is more impressive than just for the dedication he’s shown in pursuing it. He approached it practically, with spreadsheets and a diagram of all the available bays, ticking off units with each visit. For those bays that seemed more in demand and he rarely found open, he had to organize special, late-hour runs.
Wild works in filmmaking and producing, so he knows how insane and possibly stupid his mission sounds, even though he’s now praised as the unsung hero of supermarket parking. “I find enjoyment in the little banal things in life,” he says with self-irony. “I wanted to go into it fairly clued up, because when you're doing something this daft it's important to be thorough.”
And thorough he was. For fellow daredevils looking to replicate his challenge at the same supermarket, he’s offering his diagrams and methodology on social media. You can find it in the gallery above.
For the last six years I’ve kept a spreadsheet listing every parking spot I’ve used at the local supermarket in a bid to park in them all. This week I completed my Magnum Opus! A thread.— Gareth Wild (@GarethWild) April 27, 2021
After quite a few years of going each week I started thinking about how many of the different spots I’d parked in and how long it would take to park in them all. My life is one long roller coaster.— Gareth Wild (@GarethWild) April 27, 2021