It seems more likely to me that we would find grocery stores living in the past than in the future, but listen – we’re all surely tempted to leap ahead these days, because no matter what the future holds, it has to be better than what’s going on in the now.

So maybe these 15 futuristic grocery stores really have the right idea!

15. Where does this posh future exist?

I can’t imagine my local chain springing for this.

My local grocery store has smart carts that when you search for an item tell you the exact isle and shelf the item is on from mildlyinteresting

14. Where do they find every sort of balloon, though?

Asking for reasons.

My grocery store uses balloons to designate produce from mildlyinteresting

13. Cheaper than staying open 24 hours.

Fingers crossed they never lose power, though.

This meat market has a meat vending machine outside just in case they’re closed. from mildlyinteresting

12. These look like portals to the Ministry of Magic.

In which case…jealous.

This stall for your dog outside a super market in Copenhagen! from mildlyinteresting

11. Oh look it’s all dudes.

Department stores are totally doing this next.

This grocery store has a bar for all the people who got dragged along from mildlyinteresting

10. Look at that good boi!

My dog would laugh at those and then run wild around the store.

They have pet carts in grocery stores in Italy from mildlyinteresting

9. If there’s one thing you want to try before you buy…

I’d take this opportunity, for sure.

This toilet at a Dutch Supermarket lets you test the brands of toilet paper they sell. from mildlyinteresting

8. This is a legit amazing idea.

I wish they weren’t plastic, though.

My grocery store bags items in blue bags if they’re cold so you can put them away first. from mildlyinteresting

7. This would have saved my muscles so many times.

I am the worst about picking things up.

This grocery store has carts in the back in case you buy more than you were expecting. from mildlyinteresting

6. It’s such a small thing.

Unless your milk goes splat on the pavement, then it’s a big thing.

My cashier tied the grocery bag’s handles under the milk jug’s handle, so that it holds the weight better from mildlyinteresting

5. Is there anything more relevant to our times?

I think not.

This grocery store has a free chilling service for wine (pun was accidental) from mildlyinteresting

4. I bet it would still take me forever to find the pimentos, though.


This grocery store’s carts have a list of common items and the aisle they are found in. from mildlyinteresting

3. That many people read labels?

I guess I’m not as old as I thought.

This supermarket has magnifying lenses on their carts to help people read product’s lables from mildlyinteresting

2. I would be tempted to troll this aisle for laughs.

And also tearful reuinions.

This grocery store has an aisle specifically for reuniting with lost spouses from mildlyinteresting

1. I know where all the college kids shop.

And all of the adults in kid’s clothing.

This grocery store in Kentucky sells containers of Lucky Charms marshmallows. from mildlyinteresting

I’m honestly amazed by these pictures, y’all.

Is your local grocery store out there innovating like this? If so, please share the details with us in the comments!