What’s Up, Grocery Stores?

Have you ever noticed how grocery stores tend to have one entrance that sits wide open all the time?

This may be a Colorado thing. I don’t remember it being as wide-spread in California.

Picture this, if you are unfamiliar with this scenario: a large glass entrance, with extra wide double sliding doors. What’s on the doors? Nobody knows because they never close.

(Well, here in Colorado, grocery stores do still close on Thanksgiving and Christmas and maybe Easter. I still don’t know what’s on the doors, though, because I tend not to be grocery shopping at that point in time.)

I just don’t understand it. If this were California, it might make sense, because there are large swaths of California that do not experience inclement weather. But this is Colorado. It snows and is cold in the winter, and it occasionally gets extremely warm in the summer. I sometimes wonder if the grocery stores are trying, single-handedly, to even out the weather.

(Though, with the level of air-conditioning they have on during the summer, I think they have the wrong idea of what’s “comfortable.”)

Does anyone have any idea why they do this? Do they do this in your state/country as well, or is it really some weird Colorado thing?

I mean, I just don’t understand why we can’t close the doors in between people. I know they’re 24 hours, but so are Walgreens and some McDonald’s, and they can close their doors. I can’t imagine the amount of energy they’re wasting.

I’m at a loss, Squiders. I mean, there’s nothing like arriving at the grocery store in the middle of a blizzard to find their heat being pumped into the parking lot.

(In their defense, sometimes if it is very windy or very cold, they may close the doors halfway.)


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by shannon on 2012/03/06 at 12:46 AM

    I can only come up with a few off the top of my head that do (mostly king soopers), but I think its an awful idea anywhere, not just colorado. It seems like a huge waste of energy.


  2. noo…don’t think anyone here does that… (here being Tucson)


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