Oh my, years after taking this shot, this is the first time I notice the parking lot! :( I always focused on the texture at the bottom...
The place was really nice, yes. Don't remember exactly where it was, somewhere in the east of the US. Not sure it's open at night though, it was pretty well watched for something that looks that desolated.
Every part of the frame counts. Photography is more about what you leave out of the shot than what you include, you start with the whole world and edit it down with the camera to just what is important. That is often my problem I try to include to much and better photographers than me can just keep the essentials
This place reminds me of some photos of Death Valley at night when the plane is flooded with a flat sheet of water, if you could get in there at night it'd be real interesting.