Ease of negotiating the aisles, however, is not one of the reasons.
Here we are in the cheese aisle. It's noon--a peak shopping time. Got a shopping cart? Sorry, the cheese aisle is off-limits to you!!!!
This stack of cardboard will stay there, blocking the ham section, forever. Or until the one guy whose labor-union allows him to remove the cardboard packaging gets to work.
If you were tempted by anything in the shelves which this palette is blocking, you are SOL. That thing ain't going anywhere. AND DON'T TRY AND MOVE IT YOURSELF unless you want to get yelled at.
Hello noontime crowd. Open up another register so the line doesn't back up into the wine section at the rear of the store? Of course not! Because the checkout girls need their lunchbreak too!
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.