So if you're out shopping, esp. with kids,
I think the best place to park your car is by the cart return stands.
And here's why:
Most likely there's a cart handy so you can
easily plop in your kids and purse and walk to the front door;
Plus after unloading the cart you can return it to it's proper place without walking across the parking lot or trying to lift it up onto those center islands!
To me, it's a win-win. :)