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I created attribute custom_attribute for category with some default value. If I save category(for example for store 26) with some value for this attribute I can get via:

Mage::getModel('catalog/category')->load(12); //example where you will get data for your category with this custom_attribute value

But, if you try to load category collection and even use addAttriuteToSelect('custom_attribute'), you won't get a it's value in case you didn't save for default store manually some value.

That's becuase if you look in app/code/core/Mage/Catalog/Model/Resource/Collection/Abstract.php line 127, you will see that they join table where store_id = 0. That's mean that you need to save category with your custom_attribute for default store.

I've quick idea via observer to assign attribute value for default store.

If there any more clean solutions?

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