Dry Creek General Store, in Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley, will feature space for two-hour parking after the county Board of Supervisors approved a request made five years ago as a condition of the historic store’s reopening.

The move is intended to facilitate the safe and orderly movement of traffic, according to Sonoma Public Infrastructure representative Janice Thompson, who made the recommendation to the board.

The store first opened in 1881 and was revived in 2017. The new owner was required to request the parking restrictions and pay for their implementation as a condition of the store’s permit.

Patrons enjoy drinks inside the bar at Dry Creek General Store on July 31. 2006. The business, located in the heart of Sonoma wine country, is a popular attraction along Dry Creek Road north of Healdsburg. (Buzz Andersen/Flickr, CC BY-NC)

Maintenance for the signage and markings for the spaces will fall to the county at an annual cost of $2,500. Funding will come from state and county resources.

Supervisor James Gore said he was glad to see the lot completed.

“This is going to ensure that people don’t squat on those spaces and it’s used for what it is, really, which is a visitor serving use.”

Dry Creek Valley General Store is at 3495 Dry Creek Road, near the intersection of Lambert Bridge Road. It was declared a local historic landmark in 1979 by the Sonoma County Landmarks Commission. The store reopened earlier this year with a new adjoining bar. The regulated parking spaces were required as part of the store’s use permit.