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A supermarket is a self-service shop offering a wide variety of food, beverages and household products, organized into sections and shelves. It is larger and has a wider selection than earlier grocery stores, but is smaller and more limited in the range of merchandise than a hypermarket or big-box market.
The supermarket typically has aisles for meat, fresh produce, dairy, and baked goods.
Shelf space is also reserved for canned and packaged goods and for various non-food items such as kitchenware, household cleaners, pharmacy products and pet supplies. Some supermarkets also sell other household products that are consumed regularly, such as alcohol (where permitted), medicine, and clothes, and some sell a much wider range of non-food products: DVDs, sporting equipment, board games, and seasonal items (e.g., Christmas wrapping paper in December).
A larger full-service supermarket combined with a department store is sometimes known as a hypermarket. Other services may include those of banks, cafés, childcare centres/creches, insurance (and other financial services), Mobile Phone services, photo processing, video rentals, pharmacies or petrol stations. If the eatery in a supermarket is substantial enough, the facility may be called a "grocerant", a blend of "grocery" and "restaurant".
The traditional supermarket occupies a large amount of floor space, usually on a single level. It is usually situated near a residential area in order to be convenient to consumers. The basic appeal is the availability of a broad selection of goods under a single roof, at relatively low prices. Other advantages include ease of parking and frequently the convenience of shopping hours that extend into the evening or even 24 hours of the day. Supermarkets usually allocate large budgets to advertising, typically through newspapers. They also present elaborate in-shop displays of products.
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ParknShop (styled PARKnSHOP) (Chinese: 百佳; Jyutping: baak3 gaai1) is one of the two largest supermarket chains in Hong Kong, the other being Wellcome. ParknShop operates more than 300 outlets in Hong Kong, Macau and Mainland China.
The first ParknShop store opened in Stanley, Hong Kong in 1973. For a decade the store remained a local retailer until the mid-1980s when it began to expand outside Hong Kong. Read more...
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is a Danish
operating in Denmark, Germany, Poland, and previously in Sweden and the United Kingdom both as a stand-alone venture, until its sale in May 2010 to Asda
, and via a joint venture
between June 2014 and July 2016. Netto is owned by Salling Group
Netto also operates an express version of the store in Denmark, known as "Døgn Netto" ("[24 hour] Day Netto"). Døgn stores offer the same service as regular Netto stores with fewer products, but longer opening hours and higher prices. As of 2016, all Døgn Nettos are being revised to normal Nettos or Føtex Food convenience concept stores. Read more...
, originally DESPAR, is a Dutch multinational franchise that manages independently owned and operated food retail stores. It was founded in the Netherlands
in 1932, by Adriaan van Well, and now consists of more than 13,112 stores in 48 countries. The company's name is an acronym
of the slogan "Door Eendrachtig Samenwerken Profiteren Allen Regelmatig"
, which was used by van Well to describe the brand and translates as "Everyone works better together"
Its headquarters are located in Amsterdam
. The company operates a partnership programme and has a presence in most European
countries, as well as many others throughout Asia
. Read more...
is a supermarket
chain that operates on the island of Ireland
. Similar in organisation to Spar
, but individual stores are not owned on a franchise
basis, although the shop owners use a standardised store format and sell the same own brand
SuperValu products. However it differs from these chains in that SuperValu outlets tend to be significantly larger than the convenience shop
formats used by Spar and Londis, and the larger SuperValu stores are on a par with full-service supermarkets. Their main competitors are Dunnes Stores
and Tesco Ireland
. Read more...
(stylized as Carrefour express
) is a convenience store
chain owned and operated by French retailer Carrefour
with locations in three continents. Carrefour Express was created in 2007 to consolidate all convenience stores owned by Carrefour worldwide under one name. In 2010, all convenience store operations in France, including Marché
and Shopi were rebranded as Express. Read more...
Coles Supermarkets Australia Pty Ltd
, trading as Coles
, is an Australian supermarket, retail and consumer services chain, headquartered in Melbourne as part of the Coles Group
Founded in 1914 in Collingwood, Melbourne
by George Coles
, Coles operates 807 supermarkets throughout Australia, including several now re-branded BI-LO Supermarkets
. Coles has over 100,000 employees and, together with rival Woolworths
, accounts for more than 80 per cent of the Australian market. Read more...
is a brand of French supermarkets formed in 2005. This brand is a new concept to eventually replace Atac
supermarkets. The brand belongs to the AuchanSuper
subsidiary that manages the branches of Auchan
supermarkets. The group planned to open 500 Simply Market supermarkets in France by 2015. Read more...
was a German
multinational discount supermarket chain founded in 1972. It operated 2,840 stores in Germany with an approximate 27,000 employees and about 1,200 stores in several other European countries. The retail model was to sell low-cost groceries with no expense incurred for display or marketing of products. Groceries were stored in the shipping cartons they came in, rather than being stacked on shelves. In German advertising, the name "Plus" was used as a backronym
for "Prima leben und sparen" (approximately "top-notch living and saving"), featuring animated "little prices" (also sold as plush puppets) as their mascot. Read more...
(formerly known as Four Square
) is a small supermarket chain operating in Australia
. The chain was founded in New Zealand
in 1923 and expanded to Australia in 1956. Since the success of Four Square the 'Friendly Grocer' brand was introduced in 2006.
There are over 450 stores in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory. Its current slogan is "Just around the corner". Its main competitors are IGA
, Food For Less
and many other small supermarket chains. Read more...
(stylised as ALDI
) is the common brand of two German family-owned discount supermarket chains
with over 10,000 stores in 20 countries, and an estimated combined turnover of more than €50 billion. Based in Germany, the chain was founded by brothers Karl
and Theo Albrecht
in 1946 when they took over their mother's store in Essen
. The business was split into two separate groups in 1960, that later became Aldi Nord
, headquartered in Essen, and Aldi Süd
, headquartered in Mülheim
. In 1962, they introduced the name Aldi
(a syllabic abbreviation
skont), which is pronounced [ˈaldiː] (listen)
. In Germany, Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd have been financially and legally separate since 1966, although both divisions' names may appear as if they were a single enterprise with certain store brands
or when negotiating with contractor
companies. The formal business name is Aldi Einkauf GmbH & Compagnie, oHG.
Aldi's German operations consist of Aldi Nord's 35 individual regional companies with about 2,500 stores in western, northern, and eastern Germany, and Aldi Süd's 32 regional companies with 1,600 stores in western and southern Germany. Internationally, Aldi Nord operates in Denmark, France, the Benelux
countries, Portugal, Spain and Poland, while Aldi Süd operates in Ireland, Great Britain, Hungary, Switzerland, Australia, China, Italy, Austria and Slovenia. Both Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd also operate in the United States with 1,600 stores as of 2017 (and is the only country to have both of Aldi's subsidiaries operating outside of Germany). Read more...
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The following are images from various supermarket-related articles on Wikipedia.
Produce Section in Saveco
Carrefour hypermarket in Punaauia, Tahiti
Hypermarket availability around the world
Hypermarkets were available previously
No information/no hypermarkets
A Jumbo in Tucumán, Argentina
Consumers shopping for produce and fruit.
A supermarket in Sweden in 1941
Astor Market in New York, one predecessor of the modern super market operated in 1915-1917.
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