Downtown McKinney launches permanent public valet service on Fridays and Saturdays

A new valet service is available to the public in downtown McKinney. (Courtesy AJ Micheletto)
A new valet service is available to the public in downtown McKinney. (Courtesy AJ Micheletto)

A new valet service is available to the public in downtown McKinney. (Courtesy AJ Micheletto)

Downtown McKinney now has a permanent public valet service on Fridays and Saturdays.

Drivers can now drop off their vehicles on the north side of Louisiana Street between Wood and Kentucky streets from 3 p.m.-midnight on Fridays and noon-midnight Saturdays.

The valet service is run by The Grand Hotel, Rick’s Chophouse and Harvest. These businesses are also validating valet tickets. Drivers not visiting one of these businesses must pay $7 per vehicle.

The city of McKinney gauged the viability of a full-time valet service by running a temporary valet trial program this summer from June 7-Aug. 31 outside the McKinney Performing Arts Center on Fridays and Saturdays. It cost riders $5 per vehicle.

During the trial period, the city found a demand for the service. About 3,800 customers used the valet and participation is only expected to grow, Main Street Program Director Amy Rosenthal said during the meeting.


Rick’s and The Grand have been operating a complimentary valet service for their customers for the last 13 years. The only difference is now, anyone will be able to use the valet service for a fee.

Cars will be parked in private lots owned by Rick’s, so no public parking spaces will be blocked.
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By Emily Davis

Emily graduated from Sam Houston State University with a degree in multi-platform journalism and a minor in criminal justice in Spring 2018. During her studies, Emily worked as an editor and reporter at The Houstonian, SHSU's local newspaper. Upon graduation, she began an editorial internship at Community Impact Newspaper in DFW, where she was then hired as Community Impact's first McKinney reporter in August. Three fun facts about Emily: 1.) She is a lover of mystery novels, movies, TV shows and podcasts. 2.) She has an 11-year-old, 3-pound Pomeranian. 3.) She loves lacrosse, and was captain and then coach of her high school team.


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