Displays being set up in the aisles. I'm not talking about a few displays scattered throughout the store but rather 3 to 5 displays in EVERY SINGLE AISLE. These displays block merchandise and take up enough room that you can't pass a cart that has been stopped next to one.
|Many of the displays are angled to stick out. I assume|
they do this so you can get stuff behind it
but look how far that sticks out.
|Display after display, all the way down the aisle.|
|Another aisle, another bunch of crap taking up space.|
|The bottom three shelves are completely blocked by this display.|
Many of the displays are not angled and just flat out block
everything behind it.
|I wouldn't even be able to move this one if I wanted to.|
|Literally every single aisle!|
I called and spoke with the manager about this issue. He was very nice and sounded like he wanted to help. He suggested I should come get him next time I'm in shopping and he can help me move anything that needs to be moved. He also spoke a little about why they have displays (promoting sale items or keeping holiday favorites easy to find, etc). I certainly don't know the first thing about operating a grocery store but I'm not sure that matters. I tend to believe there is no scenario that makes this acceptable. I don't feel like I, or anyone else, should have to add another half hour to an already exhausting trip to the grocery store to seek out help. I shouldn't have to stop shopping to wait in line at the courtesy counter, then wait for the manager to be paged and then take him back into the aisles that are created the problem of the moment.
What surprised me, was when he said I was the only person who has called and said anything about the in-aisle displays. I assume he is telling the truth but I would be willing to bet money I am not the only person who thinks the displays are in the way, annoying or a barrier to purchasing. Hearing this was a little disappointing because I fear it means nothing will be done.
Do any of you encounter this at your grocery store? Do you feel like this is an issue of access?