Regular readers of this blog will remember my rant about convenience stores last summer.
I’ve had some more observations in the year since, on how convenience stores today are run, compared to yesteryear, when convenience stores in Canada were still mostly run by Canadians.
(These don’t apply as much to ones that are chains, like 7-Eleven or Circle K / Mac’s / Couche-Tard, which tend to be similar to yesteryear in the fundamentals, while offering more choice than then, of course…)
I’ve noticed, with independent convenience stores run by Asians, whether of the eastern or southern variety, that more often now than in independent stores in yesteryear, there is much less air-conditioning employed, if at all, even.
Possibly to save money, and/or encourage buying cold beverages…
But I think there’s another reason, though…
The thought occurs: back when more independent convenience stores were owned by Canadians, they turned the air-conditioning on to temperatures that suited the tastes of both employees / owners and customers, because both were mostly Canadians, who wanted, on a hot humid summer day, to be comfortable while indoors – whether, in the case of customers, for a brief moment as they dashed in to buy something; or whether employees / owners, because they were stuck in there all day, so might as well be comfortable.
However, now, virtually all of the independent convenience stores are run by Asians, many of whom are accustomed to both higher temperatures and greater humidity levels than North Americans.
You can see where I’m going with this: I submit that the reason so many convenience stores today are warmer and more humid and thus more musty-smelling, than in yesteryear, is due to the tastes of the owners and employees.
If anyone ever goes in a grocery store that is aimed at East Asian, South Asian, or Middle-Eastern communities (I sometimes do), one immediately notices that they tend not to use much air conditioning in those places, either; often none at all, in fact. (And those places can really have strong smells, not just because of the foreign foodstuffs that are seeming more odorous than our own, but of course because of the lack of aircon…)
And so it’s only natural, surely, when the same people run independent convenience stores that they end up behaving similarly in them.
(Not to mention Asiatic pop music, which I mostly find irritating, esp. high-pitched female voices in those cultures… At least they don’t have as much smelly foods as in their own groceries, though. Small mercies, for now…)
Anyway, just something else I’ve noticed. Another consequence of unimpeded high immigration levels, wide open borders…