Oval Partnership Briefing Note

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A supermarket may be defined as a large retail shop (primarily self-service) whose core business is the sale of food products.  It stocks the same wide range of food and household products as a grocer but has a more extensive range of different brands.  Larger supermarkets have product departments  (see the article on types of shops for definitions of convenience stores, grocers etc.)  The two largest supermarkets in the neighbourhood are:

Supermarkets like this are a mid 20th Century development (see evoloution of shops for a brief history on how supermarkets and other shops evolved).  The cut off point for when a supermarket becomes a grocer or convenience store is not an obvious one and many small businesses promote themselves as supermarkets

Smaller supermarkets in the neighbourhood include