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A general store. Small shop selling variety of different products. Edit or translate this description.
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general store in Pakistan

A general store. Selling various things. It may be preferable to use other shop values. A general store is old shop type that covered all, or nearly all needs of entire settlement. Were popular and continue to exist especially in rural or remote locations.

This tag is partially overlapping with shop=supermarket, shop=convenience and shop=country_store, in additional usages of the term is different in the UK and US:


In the UK a "general stores" is grocery+other stuff - so basic foodstuffs, some ironmongery (=DIY), some stationery, and so on. It's an old-fashioned UK shop that is sadly dying out in the age of the supermarket.


Traditionally a "general store" is the main (and often only) store in a small town or village, usually selling things like tools, building supplies, clothes, food, and similar items. Usually they only carry a small selection of the most frequently demanded products.

A contemporary "general merchandiser" is typically larger and carries a similar selection of general merchandise, usually excluding food items. When divided into departments, may be considered a "department store" (e.g. Sears), although most contemporary department stores do not carry tools or building supplies.

How to map

Set a node or draw as an area along the shop outline. Add the tag shop=general. Add name using name=* or use noname=yes to mark that shop has no name.

Tags to use in combination

Similar tags

  • shop=supermarket - Very similar but with more of a focus on food. General stores are also much smaller than supermarkets. Using the supermarket is preferable in cases where it fits.
  • shop=convenience - Very similar, smaller than a supermarket. The general store has a wider product range than a convenience shop. Using the convenience shop is preferable in cases where it fits.
  • shop=variety_store - Similar, but focusses rather on discounted or very inexpensive goods than a wide product range.
  • shop=department_store - A large store with multiple clothing and other general merchandise departments.
  • shop=doityourself - A shop primarily selling DIY, hardware, ironmongery, tools etc.
  • shop=hardware - A shop only selling hardware, ironmongery, tools etc.