It honestly surprised me the first time I walked into a Whole Foods up here in Northern California, particularly the yogurt section. Doors on the refrigerated displays. Individual packages of yogurt organized in a manner reminiscent of bio specimens in the movie “Gattaca” or how I imagine a CSI lab storage would look.
Strangely, I had always imagined and assumed these displays would be perfect all the time. It was not until I was home and viewing these images that I noticed the holes of purchased product and how not perfect things really are.
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It is likely all Whole Foods are similar to this one I was. Why wouldn’t they be? These stores are all laid out according to a formula to maximize sales. Of course, the last time I was in a Whole Foods was around the late ’90s in the Mar Vista neighborhood near Venice Beach. I was probably in search of some cheap 73% lean ground beef to finish off some dish I was making and walked out after realizing how expensive everything was in relation the prices I was used to at the local Ralphs supermarket.
Yet, I wonder why all stores don’t have doors for their refrigerated dairy sections. I would think there is some significant energy savings there. Maybe the shoppers in “normal” stores can’t be trusted to not vandalize doors like these.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, ISO 100, 35mm (prime lens), f/2, 1/160 sec
Folsom (CA), Yogurt Shelves, Monochrome. Folsom, CA. November 22, 2013. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.