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Dual self-closing gate set that provides directional control of patrons entering with shopping carts

Alvarado’s GDO is a self-closing double gate set that swings in a single direction. The gate provides a 48″ passage width and is often used as an entry point for customers pushing a shopping cart into a grocery or retail facility. This crowd control gate can also be used inside a store or warehouse to provide directional control of carts inside the facility.



Directional control of shopping carts and patrons

GDO gates are often used as a component in a design layout in conjunction with our turnstiles and modular post and railing. These crowd control gates are commonly installed in environments such as supermarkets, home improvement centers, discount stores and warehouse stores.


Crowd control for grocery stores

Grocery Stores

Crowd control for retail stores

Retail Stores

Crowd control for club stores

Club Stores

Crowd control for home improvement stores

Home Improvement Stores


Designed for today’s retail environment

Solid construction

The GDO gate is designed for use in demanding retail applications. The gate and hinge post are solid welded assemblies, fabricated from steel. The hinge posts have a rugged gravity closure mechanism that closes the gates after opening.

Solid steel strike plates are welded to the front of each gate. When used for directional control of shopping carts, entering patrons push their carts against the strike plate. The plate is covered by noise dampening strips that absorb impact and substantially reduce metal on metal clanging noise.


The GDO gate comes in a bright chrome finish and includes the gate and hinge posts as shown.


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Our gates, turnstiles and modular railing products can improve your bottom line

Inexpensive and effective shoplifting control

Shoplifting is a major problem for retailers. Estimates of yearly losses for retailers due to theft are from 1% – 8% of gross sales. A directional control system for shopping carts is a highly useful tool to deter thieves from rolling out of the store with your profits.

The GDO, combined with our turnstiles and modular post and rail are inexpensive and effective tools for reducing theft and improving your bottom line. Our products allow you to channel entering patrons toward desirable merchandise areas and exiting patrons toward check stands or other monitored areas. Our products can enhance store operations and reduce shrinkage.

Alvarado personnel have dozens of years of industry experience. Let us answer your questions and help with your design layouts.

GDO Product Benefits:

  • Provide shopping cart and customer access
  • Direct traffic flow
  • Inexpensive and effective way to reduce theft
  • Improve bottom line
  • Integrates with Alvarado turnstiles, posts and railing

Creative ways to control cart traffic

For example, two GDO gate sets can be used in a dual front/back or “sally port” configuration (shown below). In this application customers entering with shopping carts can pass through two sets of GDO gates with little difficulty. However, patrons trying to wrongfully exit through this setup must awkwardly pull open both sets of gates while pulling their loaded cart behind them.


Crowd control gate for shopping cart access

Two GDO gate sets can be used in a dual front/back or “sally port” configuration to help control where and how patrons enter and exit an area.

Use our products in creative ways

Whether your goals are to direct pedestrian traffic, control shopping cart flow, block or segment areas of your facility – or all of the above – our pedestrian gates, turnstiles and modular posts and railing are inexpensive and flexible tools to help you achieve your objectives. Just a few examples of how our products can be used are shown below.

Need assistance? We can help. Our experienced sales and customer service personnel have dozens of years of real world experience and are available to assist with ideas, options, layouts and answers to your questions.

Alvarado always recommends that local code requirements be checked before ordering and installing products used for public entry/exit access purposes.


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Visit our Resources page for drawings, manuals and application photos.


Additional Information

Gate post may be ordered with factory attached rail outlets for integration with Alvarado modular post and rail systems.

Design Assistance

Our experienced sales and customer service personnel can assist with your design layout or questions.

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