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Monday, August 16, 2010

Commercial Real Estate Question...

Here's a question for all the commercial real estate agents, brokers and developers out there.  Why do commercial real estate developers always put these bumpy landscape tiles right by grocery store entrances and exits?  There must be a good reason because all the major grocery stores have these.  But they're such a pain because stuff starts falling off your cart as soon as the wheels hit these things.  If you try to go over them slowly, the cart's wheels get stuck.  If you try to go over them quickly, your cart bounces around and stuff falls off.

This may sound sexist but I'm saying it anyway... the bumpy landscape tile idea came from some guy who's never had to push a cart overflowing with groceries through the parking lot!  Just sayin'.  :)

Why do commercial real estate developers use these bumpy landscaping tiles at grocery stores?

Posted by Shannon Hubbard, AZ Realtor & Computer Guru on August 16, 2010 | Permalink


I heard somewhere these bumps are for the blind. Some state/city code requires them at all places of business. My question is why would a blind person be shopping by themselves? Are they crossing the bumps to hop in their car and drive home? Doesn't make sense.

If the blind idea is not valid, maybe these bumps are a safety precaution. Are they meant to warn people the street is coming soon? This reminds me of the lines on the side of freeways that make a loud noise when you swerve outside of the lane... similar?

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Posted by: CloudEpic | Sep 4, 2010 9:20:41 AM

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Posted by: Samuel | Sep 20, 2010 7:41:07 PM

I'm always afraid my eggs are going to crack when I roll over these!

Posted by: Anne Herbert | Sep 20, 2010 11:17:22 PM

Hey Shannon,

I need HELP! My father owns a building in Mesa, Arizona. It is a beautiful building but the tenants were a Hollywood Video and they up and left without a word of warning. Now he is trying to lease or sell it and is having a heck of a time. Are you interested in helping for a referral fee? My name is Donna and you can reach me at 714-321-7927. I am a SEO writer and not a realitor.If you have any ideas at all I'm all ears! Thanks for your time.

Posted by: donnasteffy | Sep 21, 2010 4:34:47 PM

Hi Shannon,

That is a good question and you are probably correct in your assessment. The other thing that is pleasent is walking across those things in high heels either!

Posted by: Susan MacEwen | Nov 30, 2010 9:47:37 AM

In my experience, the question you asked, "Why do commercial real estate developers always put these bumpy landscape tiles right by grocery store entrances and exits?" is so true. Great observation.

Posted by: Jo Amick | Jun 1, 2011 5:34:14 PM

I have thought the bumps were a safety precaution for wet weather. So that when it actually does rain in Phoenix, the water runs down between the bumps, while you walk on top of them, retaining your balance and not slipping and falling.

Posted by: Mark B | Mar 21, 2012 12:00:53 PM

Turns out these are required by the Americans with Disabilities Act -Accessibility Guidelines. They are to help blind people find transitions from the building entrance/sidewalk to the parking lot/crosswalk so they know when they're entering an area with vehicular traffic. Not all stores have them, but I don't think they're always required... just in certain areas, like when there's no curb dropoff or where the ramp slope is under a certain amount. I'm no ADA expert but that's my understanding.

Posted by: Shannon | Aug 16, 2012 12:13:38 PM

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