Ease of negotiating the aisles, however, is not one of the reasons.
Now here's a recent addition to the Monoprix. Surely influenced by the draw of Krispy Kreme's "HOT DONUTS NOW" , they've installed these baguette-makers. One euro, one minute, and you've got a freshly-baked-from-industrial-dough baguette! Monoprix's bread is as far from artisanal as you can get, but I give them points for this fun contraption.