Full Service Grocery
Generally speaking a retailer without full service grocery departments has never been considered a supermarket. Walmart, for example, until relatively recently has not been in the supermarket business, but rather in the business of general retailing, much like Kmart.
In the U.S. a store that combines both full service grocery and clothing / general retailing departments is not called a supermarket, but rather a "superstore". No one would ever assume that a supermarket carried clothing of any kind. Butlerm 18:41, 25 May 2009 (UTC)
- It doesn't help that in French (in Quebec at least), Wal Mart did not by any stretch of the imagination become a "supermarché" (supermarket) merely by starting to sell food items. It remains squarely in the realm of the "magasin à rayons/grand magasin" (department store). The only difference between a grocery and a supermarket is the scale (i.e. you can reasonably trace the building for a supermarket). Circeus 14:03, 29 May 2009 (UTC)
- I've seen the term "hypermarket" used for the combination stores like Walmart Supercenters and SuperTarget stores. Mulad (talk) 10:34, 20 September 2013 (UTC)