POSTS newly erected between the Coles and ALDI supermarkets at Fairfield West has angered a local customer.
Alison Bonanno, from Edensor Park, was shopping for groceries about three weeks ago when she found she couldn't get her double pram through the gaps of the posts.
"I have to walk right around to get to ALDI instead of using the safe crossing," she said. "It's not only an inconvenience but an accident waiting to happen.
"It could also be a safety issue with numerous trolleys surrounding the fire hydrant."
However, Mrs Bonanno's concern was not only for people with prams. It was also for people with mobility scooters, wheelchairs and larger people.
"It's going to turn loyal customers away," she said. "I don't think they've looked at all the aspects."
The mother of two is a regular shopper at the centre and is now contemplating whether or not to return to shop there.
An ALDI spokesman admitted to the Champion that ALDI had installed the bollards but highlighted that "ALDI Australia had a strong commitment to the safety of its customers".
"The bollards were installed three weeks ago to prevent trolleys from surrounding stores entering the ALDI car park and causing any accidents," the spokesman said.
"Customers will still have unimpeded access to theALDI store."
Mrs Bonanno said she could understand if the original thicker bollards were there to stop cars driving through in an unsafe way as they left enough room for a double pram to get through.
But she was not as convinced about the need for the new posts in between the original ones.
"I just look at it and don't see the sense in it," she said.
"Surely it would be about convenience for customers rather than inconvenience.
"If they were concerned about the trolleys they should make two separate centres."
A spokeswoman from Coles said they had no prior knowledge that the bollards were being installed on the adjoining site.