Signal Hill, CA: Food Trucks Forced to Leave Best Buy Parking Lot

By Karen Robes Meeks |

SIGNAL HILL — The kitchen’s closed at a popular local gathering spot for gourmet food trucks.

The “Sig Alert” — a makeshift food court of trucks that brought floods of hungry folks to the Best Buy parking lot along Cherry Avenue each Wednesday — has been shut down by the Best Buy management there due to concerns over safety and parking issues.

Keith Gebauer, general manager of the Best Buy in Signal Hill, said that while there was no injury incident during the Sig Alert’s seven weeks, the overcrowding could have led to problems.

“The food was great, but it was becoming a safety concern,” he said.

Long Beach resident and Got Foodtrucks? co-founder Wendy Watson — whose group corrals several food trucks weekly at locations such as the Sig Alert — said she was disappointed with the shutdown and added that each truck is insured between $1million and $2million to cover potential liability issues.

The food truck group is working to replace the “Sig Alert” with a Wednesday event in Westminster but Watson said she hopes the event will return to town.

“We’re trying to work our way back to Signal Hill,” Watson said.

Meanwhile, gourmet food truck enthusiasts can satisfy their cravings locally at a couple of locations. There’s the Lunch Truck It event ( from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays in Long Beach’s ZaSo Design District at Anaheim Street and Coronado Avenue.

And Got Foodtrucks? has an event tonight and each Thursday night in Los Alamitos. It’s from 5 to 9 p.m. at 10942 Pine St. For more information, visit