Okay. Today was an interesting day at the supermarket.
Today was the grand opening of a supermarket less than a mile from my house. I, like a silly person, decided I wanted to go shopping. I should have waited a couple of days, but I needed to get some groceries and I am going to love having a grocery so close.
Arrived in the parking lot. People were parking everywhere. Along the curbs, in the grass, etc. Not a problem, just required a bit of careful manuvering into a spot.
Go in the front door, grab a cart. Go through the inner doors and come to a halt. A couple is standing right in front of the door. They are signing up for the grocery's discount card. Which was set up right inside the door where anyone stopping by is blocking the door.
Okay, start going through the store. Getting used to the layout, liking what I am seeing. Plenty of people there doing the same. Almost all the customers were courteous and not getting in each other's way.
I noticed two things: too many employees and even more bigwigs. It looks like all the top brass from the grocery chain showed up for the grand opening. and they had all the employees come out for it as well. Sounds great right? It was a three-ring circus, complete with clown and ventriloquist.
Every time I go around a corner, there is a small pack of managers/VPs/department heads, etc. grouped together...blocking aisles and making getting around...interesting. In the meat department, I swear there was at least half a dozen manager types in suits standing in the aisles...blocking the meat displays.
I go to the deli/bakery section, even more manager types milling around. Plus, a clown and a ventriloquist. (not kidding) Add to that several sample stations. An already busy area turned into a madhouse.
Inch my way to the deli counter...great grand opening specials. They have six guys standing behind the counter taking deli orders. With three slicers and two scales. I was asked four times if I was being helped. They were packed into space usually run by two people. Literally tripping over each other.
About the only sane areas of the store was in the produce and canned good aisles. Even they had their roving packs of managers...but in smaller numbers. They walked down an aisle, stopped randomly (or so it appeared). Then they would start moving again. One or two would break from the pack and move off to the side for a separate discussion. They would drift apart, back together, apart. All while customers are trying to get around them.
Got to check-out. That actually went well. Ended up having an older guy take the groceries out to the car for me. Since it had been forever since someone had done that for me, I was quite happy. We chatted a bit. From what he knew, a good number of the cars in the parking lot belonged to corporate bigwigs who were there for the grand opening. Add to that all the employee cars, plus some contractors who were finishing some work in the back. Plus, many vendors handing out samples and looking over displays. Likely at least 1/2 the parking was taken up by the non-customers.
The people are nice. This will be my primary store for shopping. But, opening day was a three-ring circus.