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In the interests of enhancing tagging consistency, and perhaps to encourage mapping of missing shops, this page describes major chains (multiples) of banks and related financial companies, restaurants, cafes and shops. It also includes some buying groups which use a shared brand on outlets which belong to the group.

For each fascia/brand name typical tagging (based on what already exists) is described and less favoured alternatives noted. Where necessary suitable tags for operator and owner might be suggested.

The standard weekly journals widely read in the retail trade are The Grocer and Retail Week. A little time spent leafing through these in a local library can greatly assist in getting to grips with the major classifications which are widely used by retailers, and in turn may help in deciding how to tag things.

Note: Figures are as at October 2014.

Terminology

There are some well established terms used in the British Retail Trade which it is probably useful to know:

  • Buying Group. A group purchasing organisation which individual retailers can belong to and they then purchase their supplies from the group at wholesale prices. Many originated as co-operatives, but most have been purchased by major wholesale and cash-and-carry chains.
  • Fascia. Often an individual retailer will not only make their purchases through the buying group but make use of the group marketing and brand on their own shop front (the 'fascia' in the trade). Franchised operations are similar (coffee chains, Subway etc.). Often the fascia name is used in aggregated market research data in the UK. Use brand=* for this, name is usually of the form "XXX Convenience Store". For franchises the name & brand are usually identical It is always a good idea to also add the brand as this will make searches more reliable.
  • Format. An example of different formats are Tesco Extra, Tesco Metro and Tesco Express. At the moment we do not tag individual formats.

Banks

amenity=bank

  • Lloyds Bank
  • TSB
  • HSBC
  • NatWest
  • Barclays
  • RBS
  • Bank of Scotland
  • Yorkshire Bank
  • Clydesdale Bank
  • Co-operative Bank
  • Santander
  • Halifax
  • Nationwide
  • Metro bank

Brands which should no longer be present on the high street.

  • Lloyds-TSB: rebranded as either Lloyds or TSB.
  • Abbey National became Santander

Building Societies make much of not being banks, but for OSM purposes they're still amenity=bank.

Other Financial Services

  • Swinton. Insurance Broker. shop=insurance, operator=Swinton Group Ltd brand=Swinton owner=Covéa Insurance plc. Wikipedia-16px.png Swinton is shown having 350 shops, and is now owned by Covea. Formerly it was a subsidiary of Royal Insurance (from 1997, Royal and SunAlliance). 49 outlets mapped. The Swinton website distinguishes between branches (retail locations) and offices (the latter should be tagged office=insurance.

Restaurants

  • Pizza Express (240).
  • Pizza Hut (168).
  • Nando's (138+30 as Nandos).
  • Frankie & Benny's (87).
  • Prezzo (78),
  • Zizzi (70).
  • Little Chef (65).
  • Wagamama (61).
  • Bella Italia (58).
  • Harvester (47). Some may be mapped as pubs.
  • Strada (47).
  • Chiquito (38).
  • Cafe Rouge (38).
  • Toby Carvery (36). Some may be mapped as pubs.
  • ASK Italian (35). Permission granted to copy information from their website.
  • Carluccio's (32).
  • Gourmet Burger Kitchen (31)
  • Nandos (30).
  • La Tasca (28).
  • Côte Brasserie (17), French themed Restaurant chain. Some are mapped as Cote Brasserie (11).


Cafes

  • Starbucks
  • Caffe Nero
  • Costa

Fast Food

  • McDonald's
  • KFC
  • Burger King

Food Shops

Supermarkets

Tagged as shop=supermarket:


Main Name Example Signage No. Mapped Total Stores Range of Values Recommended Tags Comments
Aldi Aldi 395 Over 500 including Ireland Aldi / ALDI
Asda [W] Asda Large Asda sign 389 Over 500 Asda / ASDA Asda has given permission to copy branch information from their website.
Booths [W] Booths Booths supermarket 16 31 Booths name=Booths Mainly NW England.
Budgens [W] Budgens Budgens entrance in Southam 90 Budgens name=Budgens Budgens have a complicated recent history (see wikipedia), and change may be common.
Also 33 shop=convenience
The Co-operative Food Co-operative Food in Tilehurst 1309 Nearly 3000 co-op / Coop / Co-op / Co-Op / co-operative / Cooperative / Co-operative / Co-Operative / Co-operative Food / Cooperative Food / Co-Operative Food / Co-op Food / The Co-op / The co-operative / The Cooperative / The Co-operative / The Co-Operative / The co-operative food / The Cooperative / The Co-operative / The Co-Operative / The co-operative food / The Co-operative food / The Co-operative Food / The Co-Operative Food name=The Co-operative Food brand=The Co-operative or brand=Co-op (a re-brand is in progress from the former to the latter) A re-brand is in progress (Dec 2016). It is important to check, not all 'co-ops' are in the main Co-operative group and will have different branding while mappers may just be used to calling places the 'co-op'. Also historically these stores operated under a wide range of signage. (See also: shop=convenience (653x); ). Most probably should be The Co-operative Food (see note above about capitalisation). Some stores have been sold (e.g., this one Way 23770790 (iD, JOSM, Potlatch2, history, XML), to Waitrose)
Farmfoods Wikipedia-16px.png wikipedia Farmfoods shopfront.jpg 95 300+ Farmfoods/Farm Foods name=Farmfoods These are a frozen food specialist, similar to Iceland. Presence in supermarket category is marginal, or should at least be tagged in some way. They have refused outright for any data to be copied from their website
Costco Costco wholesale (6x) 26 Probably not a supermarket but shop=cash_and_carry.
East of England Co-op (11x)
Heron Foods (21x) 235x
Home Bargains (33x) Over 290 (Alternatives: shop=variety_store (19x); shop=discount (5x); shop=convenience (5x); ). Again probably misplaced, these are either variety stores or discount stores with some food.
Iceland Iceland shopfront in Jersey (343x) Over 800 Iceland name=Iceland (Alternatives: shop=food (9x); shop=convenience (8x); shop=frozen_food (6x); )
Lidl 468 608 Lidl / LIDL No clear recommendation Opinions vary re uppercase or not.
M&S Simply Food M&S Simply Food in Bristol (65x) 419 Marks & Spencer Simply Food / M&S Simply Food (65x) M&S Food (8x) No clear recommendation on name, brand=M&S, but probably safest to use an operator tag operator=Marks and Spencer plc Not clear about all the different branding M&S use. (Alternatives: shop=convenience (51x); & shop=convenience (5x); for M&S Food).
Morrisons [W] Morrisons Morrisons Supermarket in Seacombe (439x) 515 Morrisons / Morrison's /Morrisons Local name=Morrisons, brand=Morrisons (Alternatives: shop=convenience (5x); ). Morrisons Local (15 examples) should be tagged as this.
Sainsbury's [W] Sainsbury's Sainsbury's shopfront 741 1245 Sainsbury / Sainsburys / Sainsbury's (567x),
Sainsburys Local (174x)
name=Sainsbury's or name=Sainsbury's Local, brand=Sainsbury's Undoubtedly the Sainsbury's Local format can either fall into the supermarket or convenience store category.
Some of the Local stores were once mainstream Sainsbury's.
Alternatives, for both main chain & Local respectively : shop=convenience (28x); shop=convenience (142x); )
Stores total includes convenience stores. Sainsbury's have given permission to copy branch information from their website.
Tesco Tesco in Cullompton (556x) 482x (excluding Extra, Metro and Express) (Alternatives: shop=convenience (44x); )
Tesco Extra Tesco Extra at night (119x) 248x (Alternatives: shop=convenience (7x), certainly erroneous ). Tesco's hypermarket format, use brand=Tesco
Tesco Metro A small Tesco metro (141x) 194x (Alternatives: shop=convenience (28x); )
Waitrose [W] Waitrose Waitrose Supermarket - Station Parade - geograph.org.uk - 472690.jpg 267 280 Waitrose name=Waitrose or name=Little Waitrose, brand=Waitrose (Alternatives: shop=convenience (14x); ). Some smaller Waitrose stores trade as "little Waitrose", but the ones I've used are still small supermarkets rather than convenience stores.


Following are awaiting tabulation:


Former Supermarket chains which are no longer in business, more or less entirely fixed on POIs, but may exist in other forms (e.g., external open data, bus stops etc):

  • Kwiksave
  • Netto: Ceased operations in 2011, stores sold to a variety of other retailers. All known Nettos had notes posted, and most (but not all) have been resolved.
  • Somerfield: Bought by Co-operative. Some stores closed, others re-branded. * Somerfield (27x) (Alternatives: shop=convenience (6x); ). Somerfield was purchased by the Co-op and all stores closed are re-branded. These are all errors.. All fixed.

Convenience Stores

shop=convenience 
  • best-one / Best One / Best-One (68x)
  • The Co-Operative Food (18x) (Alternatives: shop=supermarket (14x); ). Reasonable as the brand covers both local convenience stores, high street supermarkets and large supermarkets.
  • The Corner Shop (22x)
  • Costcutter / Costcutters (311x) (Alternatives: shop=supermarket (71x); )
  • Costcutter Express (10x)
  • Day-Today (18x)
  • Esso (8x). Usually incorrect, Esso's brand for its on-site petrol stations is "On the Run".
  • Farm Shop (5x)
  • Food & Wine (11x)
  • KeyStore (12x)
  • Lifestyle Express (52x)
  • Little Waitrose (11x) (Alternatives: shop=supermarket (7x); )
  • Londis (348x) (Alternatives: shop=supermarket (29x); shop=yes (5x); )
  • Mace (70x)
  • Martins / Martin's (57x) (Alternatives: shop=newsagent (41x); )
  • McColls / McColl's (145x) (Alternatives: shop=newsagent (7x); shop=supermarket (5x); )
  • Newsagent (11x) (Alternatives: shop=newsagent (5x); )
  • Newsagents (5x)
  • Nisa / Nisa Local (147x) (Alternatives: shop=supermarket (31x); )
  • OneStop / One Stop / One-Stop / One Stop Shop (201x) (Alternatives: shop=supermarket (7x); )
  • Premier (136x) (Alternatives: shop=supermarket (5x); )
  • Premier Express (12x)
  • Scotmid (25x) (Alternatives: shop=supermarket (23x); )
  • Select & Save (15x) (Alternatives: shop=supermarket (8x); )
  • Shell (11x)
  • Shopsmart (13x)
  • Spar / SPAR (630x) (Alternatives: shop=supermarket (152x); )
  • Tesco Express / Tesco express (440x) (Alternatives: shop=supermarket (432x); ) out of 1709x
  • Village Shop (18x)
  • Village Stores / The Village Store (23x)

Other food & drink stores

Bakery

Base tag shop=bakery. Often cross-over between cake/pastry/confectionery, fast_food and cafe.

  • Birds (17x) (Alternatives: shop=confectionery (8x); ) also amenity=cafe. The chain are actually named "Birds the Confectioners" and are based in the East Midlands. Most shops have a cafe selling cakes and pastries from the counter. They also sell bread, but often run out early in the day.
  • Cooplands (30x)
  • Greggs / Gregg's (355x) . Outlets have been tagged in a variety of different ways such as amenity=fast_food. Some stores have an associated cafe (e.g., at Bury St Edmunds).
  • Jenkins (14x)
  • Sayers (12x)

Off-licences etc

Base tag {shop=alcohol. Many former off-licenses have broaden their product mix and are now convenience stores (q.v.), but may retain off-license in the name.

  • Bargain Booze (68x) (Alternatives: shop=convenience (15x); shop=beverages (10x); )
  • Majestic / Majestic Wine / Majestic Wine Warehouse (62x) (Alternatives: shop=wine (5x); )
  • Nicolas (11x)
  • Oddbins ([W] Oddbins (22x) London & Scotland mainly now.
  • The Local (6x)
  • Threshers (11x)
  • Wine Rack (10x)

Health Food

Base tag: shop=health_food. A single national chain.

Clothing (& associated products)

Clothes

Basic tag shop=clothes. gender=* can be used to indicate if the shop specialises in mens or womens clothing. More expensive fashion clothes shops may be tagged shop=boutique or shop=fashion but the difference is entirely arbitrary, essentially subjective and not amenable to repeatable tagging by different mappers. The tag should be avoided. (Figures updated March 2018}.

Name Image No. Mapped Total No. of Stores Tags/Comments
AllSaints [{{FULLURL:wikipedia:AllSaints:{{{2}}}}} Wikipedia-16px.png {{{2}}}] on Wikipedia 29 >145 worldwide 3 as AllSaints, 26 as All Saints
Austin Reed n/a 9 0 Austin Reed is now defunct and all outlets have closed, except five which have been bought out by Edinburgh Woollen Mill, NEEDS CLEANING UP
Bank 18 84
Blue Inc Blue Inc, Kings Mall, Hammersmith.jpg 34
Bonmarché Bonmarche - Broadway - geograph.org.uk - 1532884.jpg 72 >380
Burton Wfm burton menswear.jpg 60 >400 in the UK and Ireland
Cath Kidston Cath Kidston.jpg 37 132
CC 11 Part of Austin Reed group, taken over by Edinburgh Woollen Mills. Not clear if any shops left.
Dorothy Perkins Dorothy Perkins, Omagh, January 2010.JPG 107 576 in the UK
East 35
Edinburgh Woollen Mill Edinburgh Woollen Mill, Newtownards, March 2010.JPG 38 265
Evans Burton etc - Darley Street - geograph.org.uk - 1533004.jpg 39 >300
Fat Face Fat face in The Square - geograph.org.uk - 834858.jpg 115 209
French Connection Fcuk French Connection Shop Covent Garden.jpg 28 131 in the UK and Europe
Gap Gap at Castlepoint.jpg 65 1321 outside the US
Greenwoods 31 80
H&M H&M Festival Walk Store.jpg 136 250
Hobbs HOBBs in Winchester High Street - geograph.org.uk - 1539953.jpg 36 34 in 2002
Hugo Boss Hugo Boss at Indooroopilly Shopping Centre 09.JPG 18
[W] Jack Wills Jack Wills.JPG 37 70 in UK (320 worldwide)
Jaeger Jaeger Burgate - geograph.org.uk - 1448949.jpg 14 45
Jigsaw 55 56
Joules Joules in South Street - geograph.org.uk - 1557945.jpg 48 76
Karen Millen Karen Millen, Belfast, March 2011.JPG 21 84
La Senza La Senza - Junction 32 - geograph.org.uk - 1167502.jpg 11 55 Out of business ? Franchise filed for bankruptcy, July 2014.
Laura Ashley HK TST K11 mall 22 shop Laura Ashley clothing.JPG 79 Some Laura Ashley stores may be more appropriately tagged with shop=furniture
Matalan Rushmere (01), August 2009.JPG 176 217 Some Matalan stores have been tagged as shop=department_store
M&Co. M&Co, Wetherby (4th July 2011).JPG 74 >300
Miss Selfridge Miss Selfridge, Northgate Street, 1995 - geograph.org.uk - 853705.jpg 21 >170 Many listed stores are franchises in other stores
Monsoon Monsoon clothing store on the Taxi rank in East Street, Brighton, East Sussex.jpg 75 1400 worldwide, including Accessorize outlets
Moss Moss Bros - Junction 32 - geograph.org.uk - 1166795.jpg 44 >150 Includes Moss Bros, which may be an outdated fascia
New Look New Look at Castlepoint.jpg 263 593 in UK (~1160 worldwide). Source [1]. 60 scheduled to close. Note: New Look has changed its signage since this image was taken
Next Rushmere (12), August 2009.JPG 310 ~700
Oasis Oasis - Junction 32 - geograph.org.uk - 1166762.jpg 53 1760 worldwide
Outfit 43 >70
Peacocks Peacocks store, South Street, Dorchester - geograph.org.uk - 299434.jpg 195 479
Phase Eight Phase Eight, Putney Exchange.jpg 49 106
Primark Primark.jpg 128 178
Reiss Leeds Victoria Quarter.jpg 39 160 worldwide
Republic Republic, Briggate (20th February 2013).JPG 6 0 Went into administration in 2013, remaining shops purchased & rebranded by Sports Direct as USC (q.v.)
River Island River Island at Castlepoint.jpg 127 247
Rohan Rohan - Station Square - geograph.org.uk - 1621930.jpg 27 61
Select 51 180 Numbers from website (About Us). Womens' fashion
Slaters 11 25 Menswear, Formal Hire. Shop numbers from website.
Store Twenty One Store Twenty One in South Street - geograph.org.uk - 1557823.jpg 26 >200 A variety of variant names exist, such as Store Twenty-one, Store Twenty One etc.
Superdry 112x112px 48 202 (w/w excluding Australia) Fascia branding for shops is Superdry Store so tagging may be this or Superdry. Recommend that if the former is used also add brand=Superdry
Ted Baker Ted Baker, Dublin, October 2010.JPG 30 192 Number of shops based on website.
T. K. Maxx TK Maxx at Castlepoint.jpg 223 407 in Europe Some T. K. Maxx outlets have a greater focus on homewares, so may be better tagged with shop=department_store. Only 170 (of 223) tagged as clothes shops.
Topman Topshop - Topman, Omagh - geograph.org.uk - 152098.jpg 23 >250 Some multi-branded stores (see image) missed in cout
Topshop Topshop, Omagh, January 2010.JPG 56 ~300
Urban Outfitters Urban Outfitters, Belfast, June 2010.JPG 27 43 in Europe
USC 11 92
Wallis Wallis in North Street - geograph.org.uk - 1559160.jpg 18
Whistles 31 46
White Stuff White stuff in South Street - geograph.org.uk - 1557873.jpg 52 >100
Zara HK CWB Times Square Shop ZARA 03.JPG 42 68

Shoes

Base tag shop=shoes.

  • Brantano / Brantano Footwear (46x out of 145)
  • Clarks (98x) (Alternatives: shop=clothes (7x); )
  • Deichmann (11x out of 80)
  • Dune (10x out of 37)
  • Foot Locker (16x)
  • Jones / Jones Bootmaker (27x out of 114)
  • Office (20x out of 99 including overseas)
  • Schuh (18x out of 104x)
  • Shoe Zone (74x out of over 500 including Ireland)
  • Stead & Simpson (13x) Bought by Shoe Zone - are all shoes converted to Shoe Zone?

Accessories

Base tag: shop=accessories

Motor Trade

Car Dealers

Base tag shop=car. For new cars, and some second-hand specialists use brand=* for the car marques sold. Name should be name of dealer not of marque. (There is a slight issue here as large chain dealers also are brands, but established usage is for brand to contain car marques. Also not that many main car dealers will offer servicing, repairs and a parts shop: ultimately these might be micro-mapped.

  • Arnold Clark (12x)
  • Evans Halshaw (12x)
  • Honda (10x)
  • Vauxhall (11x)

Car Repair & Servicing

Base tag shop=car_repair. Substantial cross-over between this and shop=car_parts for chains which specialise in Exhausts, Tyres etc.

  • ATS / ATS Euromaster (37x)
  • Halfords Autocentre (19x)
  • Hi-Q (9x)
  • Kwikfit (19x)
  • Kwik-Fit (48x)
  • National Tyres and Autocare (4x)

Furniture, Furnishings & Interiors

shop=bathroom_furnishing

  • Bathstore (5x)

shop=carpet

shop=furniture

  • Bensons for Beds (13x)
  • DFS (26x)
  • Dreams (33x) (Alternatives: shop=bed (19x); )
  • Dunelm Mill (10x) (Alternatives: shop=department_store (6x); )
  • Furniture Village (8x)
  • Harveys (30x)
  • IKEA (15x)
  • Multiyork (16x)
  • Next Home (5x)
  • SCS (21x)

shop=curtain

  • Paul Simon (3x)

shop=interior_decoration

  • Fired Earth (3x)

Other (uncategorised) Shops

Beauty

shop=beauty is more usually used for shops providing 'beaury' services, such as nails, tanning etc.

  • Body Shop / The Body Shop (27x) (Alternatives: shop=cosmetics (15x); shop=chemist (11x); ). The Body Shop sell cosmetics, and clearly should be tagged as such.

Bicycle Shops

shop=bicycle

Betting Shops

Core tag: shop=bookmaker. Wikipedia-16px.png UK Gambling Companies on Wikipedia is a useful category.

gambling=* can be used to provide more information about the types of gambling (typically betting and fixed-odds machines). min_age=18 is also applicable as this is legally required on signs outside the entrance, but can be inferred from the core tag.

According to the ABB, there are around 9000 betting shops in the UK, representing about 4% of all retail outlets. Approximately 1200 on OSM, Feb-2014.

Main Name Example Signage No. Mapped Total Stores Range of Values Recommended Tags Comments
Betfred [W] Betfred Betfred store front.jpg 139 1350 Betfred / BetFred name=Betfred Also a number of Totesport shops: chain taken over and re-branded as Betfred some time ago, see talk-gb. The advertising slogan "the bonus king" seen on signage should not be included in the name.
Coral[W] Gala_Coral_Group#Coral Coral, Merrion Street, Leeds, cropped.jpg 228 1800+ Coral name=Coral (Alternatives: shop=betting (57x); shop=gambling (5x); )
Source: shop numbers - Wikipedia.
Ladbrokes [W] Ladbrokes Ladbrokes clumber street nottingham.jpg 299 2256 Ladbrokes / Ladbrooks name=Ladbrokes (Alternatives: shop=betting (79x); shop=gambling (6x) ). Source: shop numbers[2]
Paddy Power [W] Paddy Power Paddy power sign geograph-2971015-by-Jaggery.jpg 44 140+ Paddy Power (Alternatives: shop=betting (11x); )
Source: shop numbers (2010) [3].
William Hill [W] William Hill (bookmaker) William Hill store front.jpg 349 2370 (Alternatives: shop=betting (88x); shop=gambling (9x); )
Source: shop numbers[4]

Bookshops

shop=books

  • Blackwells (11x)
  • Oxfam Books / Oxfam Bookshop (20x)
  • The Works (35x) (Alternatives: shop=stationery (6x); )
  • Waterstones / Waterstone's (132x)


shop=catalogue

shop=charity

  • Age Concern (11x)
  • Age UK (40x)
  • Barnardos / Barnardo's (28x)
  • British Heart Foundation (89x)
  • British Red Cross (8x)
  • Cancer Research / Cancer Research UK (73x)
  • Charity Shop (6x)
  • Mind (16x)
  • Oxfam (95x) (Alternatives: shop=clothes (10x); shop=books (8x); )
  • PDSA (20x)
  • RSPCA (24x)
  • Salvation Army / The Salvation Army (14x)
  • Scope (32x)
  • Sense (9x)
  • Sue Ryder / Sue Ryder Care (50x)
  • The Children's Society (13x)
  • YMCA (16x)

shop=chemist


shop=computer

shop=confectionery

  • Hotel Chocolat (16x)
  • Thorntons (40x)


shop=cosmetics

shop=craft

  • Hobbycraft (8x)


shop=department_store

shop=doityourself

shop=dry_cleaning

  • Johnsons (24x)

shop=electronics

  • Bright House (8x)
  • CeX / CEX (14x)
  • Comet (17x) (Alternatives: shop=hifi (6x); ) WRONG CHECK. All stores closed Dec 2012 when chain went into administration
  • Currys (82x) (Alternatives: shop=hifi (10x); shop=electrical (6x); ) Larger Currys are rebranded as Currys PC World.
  • Currys PC World (26x) (Alternatives: shop=computer (5x); ).
  • Maplin / Maplin Electronics / Maplins (44x) (Alternatives: shop=hifi (5x); )
  • Sony Centre (10x)

shop=erotic

  • Ann Summers (14x) (Alternatives: shop=clothes (10x); )

shop=florist

  • The Flower Shop (14x)

shop=funeral_directors

  • The Co-operative Funeralcare (17x)


shop=games

  • Games Workshop (8x) (Alternatives: shop=toys (6x); )

shop=gift

shop=hairdresser

  • A Cut Above (13x)
  • Barbers (12x)
  • Barber Shop / The Barber Shop (52x)
  • Clippers (14x)
  • Headmasters (14x)
  • Reflections (4x)
  • Rush Hair (14x)
  • Studio One (10x)
  • Supercuts (17x)
  • The Cutting Room (12x)
  • The Salon (21x)
  • Toni & Guy (41x)

shop=hardware


shop=hearing_aids

  • Hidden Hearing (9x)

shop=hifi

  • Bang & Olufsen (12x)
  • Richer Sounds (19x)


shop=jewelry

  • Ernest Jones (24x)
  • F Hinds / F. Hinds (24x)
  • Goldsmiths (16x)
  • H Samuel / H. Samuel (46x) (Alternatives: shop=jewellery (5x); )
  • Pandora (16x)
  • Warren James (10x)

shop=kitchen

  • Lakeland (5x)
  • Magnet (12x)

shop=laundry

  • Launderette / Laundrette (54x)

shop=mall

  • Dalton Park (16x)

shop=mobile_phone

  • 3 / 3 Store / Three (57x)
  • Carphone Warehouse / The Carphone Warehouse (172x) (Alternatives: shop=electronics (9x); shop=phone (6x); shop=telephone (5x); )
  • EE (71x)
    • Orange (27x) CHECK
    • T-Mobile (12x) CHECK - stores rebranded to EE, and some closed due to duplication in the same area
  • O2 (98x)
  • Phones4U / Phones 4U / Phones 4 U (62x) CHECK, chain in receivership, all shops closed.
  • Virgin Media (9x)
  • Vodafone (67x)

shop=music

  • HMV (48x)

shop=newsagent

shop=optician

  • Boots Opticians (35x)
  • Optical Express (29x)
  • Scrivens (14x)
  • Specsavers (105x)
  • Vision Express (50x)

shop=outdoor

  • Blacks (28x) (Alternatives: shop=clothes (6x); )
  • Cotswold / Cotswold Outdoor (24x)
  • Go Outdoors (18x)
  • Millets (15x)
  • Mountain Warehouse (30x) (Alternatives: shop=clothes (6x); )
  • Trespass (15x) (Alternatives: shop=clothes (7x); )
  • Yeomans (7x)

shop=pawnbroker

  • Cash Converters (17x)
  • Cash Generator (13x)
  • Cheque Centre (4x)
  • H&T Pawnbrokers (15x)
  • The Money Shop (16x) (Alternatives: shop=money_lender (15x); shop=cash (11x); )

shop=perfume

  • The Perfume Shop (14x)

shop=pet

  • Pets at Home / Pets At Home (106x)

shop=photo


shop=sports

  • Decathlon (10x)
  • JD / JD Sports (33x) (Alternatives: shop=clothes (21x); )
  • JJB Sports (19x) (Alternatives: shop=clothes (8x); )
  • Sports Direct (70x) (Alternatives: shop=clothes (15x); )

shop=stationery

  • Paperchase (17x)
  • Ryman / Rymans (64x)
  • Staples (58x) Staples no longer operate in the UK, the stores were sold to Hilco for a nominal sum and have been rebranded as Office Outlet
  • Office Outlet


shop=toys

  • Early Learning Centre (14x)
  • The Entertainer (14x)
  • Toys R Us (33x)

shop=travel_agency

  • First Choice (14x)
  • Flight Centre (34x)
  • The Co-operative Travel (23x)
  • Thomas Cook (84x)
  • Thompson / Thomson (76x) Thomson are in the process of rebranding as TUI, the name Thomson should disappear from the High Street.
  • TUI
  • Trailfinders (9x)

Variety Store

Base tag: shop=variety_store.

Variety stores[W] Variety store sell goods from a selected (often diverse) range of categories, usually at competitive prices. The archetype in the UK was Woolworths, with Wilko (formerly branded as Wilkinson) probably the most familiar chain in the format today. Most of the examples given below could probably be better tagged as shop=discount as they have a) fixed prices; b) ranging is highly variable and opportunistic. Undoubtedly there is cross-over, but the range of tag values found in Oct-2014 suggest that this is an area which people find difficult to classify. In practice all shop=discount could be regarded as a subset of variety stores.

shop=video

  • Blockbuster / Blockbuster Video (46x) . Almost certainly far too many as most stores closed when Blockbuster went into Administration. CHECK


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