There are many theories, myths, and misconceptions about how and why grocers operate. Some things are true. Yes, items near the registers are meant for impulse buys. Yes, the type of music affects how people shop. Yes, delicious smells of rotisserie chickens and freshly baked breads help to fill that basket. (In my grocery days, we used smells to cover things as well. When we cleaned the grease trap, we'd simmer a pot of aromatics on the stovetop to cover the sulfurous odor.)
However, not all myths are true. Here are a few ideas to clear the (hopefully deliciously scented) air between you and your grocer.