If you think grocery stores are arranged for your convenience, you probably haven't been inside one recently.
They are designed to get you to spend as much money as possible, and a recent report from the casino industry says many of them are carefully laid out, just like a casino, to get you to stay longer and spend more.
Produce up front, milk in back
You may have noticed a common trend in supermarkets: produce in the front, milk in the back and candy at the checkout.
It's all designed to get you to spend more time and money.
A recent report from the casino industry site Casino.org claims modern grocery stores are designed eerily like casinos.
They say the similarities are numerous. Some examples?
And it all works, nutritionist Lauren Niemes told us last year for a report about grocery store design.
For instance, Niemes says all that that colorful produce up front puts you in a happy mood. You end up buying heads of broccoli, avocados and even pineapples you had no intention of buying before you walked in.
"Supermarkets have lots of strategies they use to get consumers to buy foods," Niemes said.
So the next time a supermarket display catches your eye, and you say, "Wow, maybe I should buy that," just remember it is all part of their plan.
And it's similar to the colors, lights and sounds that make a casino so inviting and hard to leave.
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