The last time I wrote specifically about the grocery store industry, it was March of 2014. Things have NOT improved since then. That post HERE
Since that time, the incident continue to occur and progress in preventing them remains slow. Other than Trader Joe's, I am not aware of any national chains who have initiated new national plans to prevent injuries to their employees, their customers, or pedestrians by retrofitting entrances or parking lots. The latest one that caught my eye just occurred at an ALDI store near Cincinnati Ohio Great coverage from WLWT Channel 5 TV HERE
As my colleague Mark Wright has stated, cars aimed at storefronts are "like a loaded gun" that might go off at any time. Having been a victim of a just such a crash, Mark knows better than just about anyone just how dangerous such crashes are and just how fast they happen.
So how was the car in the photo above from WLWT aimed at the entrance to the ALDI store? Simple -- the parking lot is laid out so that vehicles are moving directly at the entrance under acceleration. Poor design, easy to protect against. This Google Street View image shows exactly what the problem is:
There are many ways to design away this problem in the parking lot. Even less expensive would be to put simple safety barriers up (as Trader Joe's is doing) to make sure that approaching vehicles cannot get across the sidewalk and strike the building employees inside, customers entering or exiting, or pedestrians just passing by. Walmart does this at their Neighborhood Markets before they open, as do many others.
So ALDI and the rest of the grocery industry -- YOU ARE ON NOTICE that there is a known hazardous condition at your storefronts. By any standard of care, you as lessee and your property owners as lessors are failing to address this condition, which results in preventable injuries and fatalities.