This is probably the first place you might think to hide when trying to stay in a store overnight, and for that reason it's probably the least effective. After a store closes, employees regularly sweep it, checking places like these for people who have died (there's a form they have to fill out). So you're unlikely to go undetected for long, though it's worth pointing out that lowly paid retail employees often don't have that many fucks to give and might just not search very hard that day. Consider all the cases of people getting locked in stores overnight accidentally, like this CVS, or this Canadian department store, or this English bookseller.
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"You check if the place is empty?"
"I did! It doesn't even have two fucks to rub together."
"So ... no?"
There have been many examples of people hiding in such places, like the naughty thief who hid in a Costco only to emerge once the doors closed and rob the place blind. The police were wisely circumspect when describing where he actually hid, but let's just go ahead and assume it was underneath that big pile of bulk underpants in the middle of the store.
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"Did those underpants just sneeze?"