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|Combination shop=supermarket and shop=department_store|
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A hypermarket is a large store selling groceries, clothing, and other goods that fits the definition of both shop=supermarket and shop=department_store. Commonly known in North America as a superstore or supercenter.
At least in France, there are plenty of hypermarkets (Carrefour, E. Leclerc, Géant Casino, Auchan... essentially). These shops are much larger than supermarkets (at least 2500 m², but often more than 8000m², and up to 25000 m² in France), and are most often located in shopping centres, with many other shops.
A specific key "shop=hypermarket" could help users to know that they would find a larger selection of products to buy, compared to a supermarket.
Current practice leads to awkward situations when a department_store becomes a supermarket just because a grocery department is added. shop=hypermarket would clarify to data consumers to expect the features of both a supermarket and department_store.
- Walmart Supercenter
Hypermarkets are commonly found near large population centers and exist in many different countries.
Certain pages acknowledge the existence of hypermarkets as distinct entities. Their tagging recommendations would be changed to shop=hypermarket.
shop=department_store:"Hypermarkets shop=supermarket. Extremely large supermarket outlets with extensive ranges of clothing, homeware etc, but primarily led by food sales. Examples: Wikipedia Walmart in North America; Wikipedia Carrefour in Europe"
- shop=department_store - lacks a full service grocery department
- shop=supermarket - primarily retailing food, lacks multiple clothing departments and large variety of general merchandise
- shop=mall - multiple separate retail stores
- on Wikipedia
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