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A convenience store. A small local shop carrying a small subset of the items you would find in a supermarket
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Status: Approved

A convenience store. A small local shop carrying a small subset of the items you would find in a supermarket

Products can be ranging from single-serving food items such as milk, bread, snacks, groceries to Over-The-Counter medications, household items, stationery, and small auto supplies such as fuses.

They may be part of a chain - 7-Eleven (US, Japan, Europe, Australia) and AM/PM, Wawa (US) - or locally owned. In the USA, they're also sometimes referred to as bodegas or corner stores.

How to map

Set a node Node or draw the outline Area of the building. Tag it with shop=convenience and name=*. In the case of a mapped building also add building=yes.

Tags used in combination

Small convenience stores are often owner-operated, but may also be a franchise or use branding associated with a buying or symbol group (Spar, Premier, etc). This distinction can be shown by using both operator=* and brand=*.
  • Stores selling alcohol as part of their range (off-licences) can be tagged with alcohol=yes. Stores selling predominantly alcohol should be tagged as shop=alcohol.
  • Stores selling specific type of food or with ethnic origin may use cuisine=* to indicate it.

In fuel stations

Convenience shops are often provided within fuel stations. This tag can therefore be used on the same node as amenity=fuel. Alternatively (as an improved level of detail) place two different nodes/areas: amenity=fuel over the location of the pumps, shop=convenience where the shop is. This may be more important when the convenience store has different branding from the fuel station (e.g., Murco and Costcutter).

With cafe / fast food?

As with fuel stations, you might be tempted to use other amenity tags in combination with shop=convenience e.g. amenity=fast_food amenity=cafe. This is not wrong, but it may be more helpful to add in separate nodes/areas if you can locate them separately, or decide upon the primary focus of the shop type.


Mapnik Shop convenience.p.16.png
OpenStreetBrowser OSB supermarket.png

Similar tags

There's quite a lot of a very similar shop types. The distinction will often be a matter of judgement

shop=supermarket - similar shops which sell a whole range of products, but which are large. Suggested distinction: Large enough to have push trolleys. Please note that many small shops will call themselves supermarkets in their name. Please choose based on the size of the shop, not its name.

shop=general - a very similar type of shop, but typically with an even wider range of products including tools, building supplies. It sells everything because it is the only shop for miles around.

shop=greengrocer - very similar shop (and similar size to a convenience store normally) but the vast majority of a greengrocers would be focussed on fruit and vegetables.

shop=newsagent - a small shop primarily selling newspapers and magazines. In the UK known in the retail trade as CTN (Confectionery, Tobacco, News) stores.

shop=kiosk - a very little shop (a kiosk) selling cigarettes, newspapers, sweets, snacks, and convenience items.

shop=alcohol - in some countries, shops which were specialist alcohol shops are now often convenience stores, and may still refer to themselves as XXX Off-license. It may be necessary to check what these shops stock in order to decide which tag to use.