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Six Behind-The-Scenes Supermarket Secrets

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It's hard to imagine urban life without a supermarket nearby, and knowing that mega food mart is always there to provide you with any foodstuffs you might need gives us a false sense of security.

I say false because these giant chain food stores are simply not built to last, and when giant retailers like Walmart and Target start carrying groceries the supermarkets start closing.

So it's no surprise that supermarkets are built to keep customers shopping for hours, with no clocks to remind us how long we've been there and a counterclockwise layout meant to make your trip take twice as long.

While we're stuck in the supermarket we're treated to mountains of meat with expiration dates that have no meaning, showcased "special" items on the ends of the aisles, and a well lit stage for those beautiful bananas.

Read 6 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets Of Supermarkets at mental_floss

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I always enter the store nearest the produce section. If the produce doesn't look good, I'll go elsewhere. The most interesting layout I've encountered was Harry's in Marietta GA back in the 90's. There was one single meandering aisle from the main entrance to the registers. Over time I learned of two (employee) shortcuts to bypass areas I didn't need. The store was never boring and on any visit would find something new to cook.
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I usually shop clockwise, getting items in the perimeter that are usually the basic foods. Then I do any aisles to pick up other things.
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