Who says I want IN?
Yes... the gates will eliminate those stores as egress routes. So be it. I won't waste any time trying to get them to open. File that under, "DUH!"
It's simply not a factor in my decision to go look for my family. Yes, I realize that it reduces the number of possible exits. Again... so be it. I don't see how it's relevant to the (rather obvious no-brainer to me) decision to actively seek and protect my family. I am NOT going to go HIDE or RUN AWAY from my own family (and hope they fair well on their own) in a SHTF situation. Your mileage may vary. :dunno
Be that as it may... if I was separated (not likely) from my family, I'm going in. It's a very easy decision without any regard to any store's policy of closing the gate.
You said you were going in? Read your own quoted words above. ‘I’m going in.’
Hence my question? Maybe I misunderstood your meaning? But it sure sounded like you said you were going to enter the store no matter what? Stores are huge. You may be in one and your family in another. SHTF and the gates close to eliminate access to the possible bad guy. So now what? You’re stuck outside and your family is stuck inside a store with a closed gate. IF and when I ever go to the mall with my wife (which is NEVER) I’m not following her around Macy’s. I’ll be elsewhere looking at stuff I like while she wonders around aimlessly.