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a supermarket chain
▪ Many people buy all their food at one of the major supermarket chains.
▪ It costs 95 pence a copy and will be available in supermarkets.
▪ A second set of grade symbols may be found on graded eggs available in the supermarket.
▪ They are available at major supermarkets.
▪ Some imitation products are available on supermarket shelves.
▪ This rice is not always easy to obtain, although it is now available in larger supermarkets.
▪ Generic produce is available in some supermarkets.
▪ Fresh goats' milk cheese is available in many supermarkets and has a slightly sharper flavour than fromagefrais.
▪ Compare the cost of six brands of margarines available at the supermarket.
▪ Two full lorry loads of milk go into some of the bigger supermarkets every day.
▪ People loaded with shopping shoved her aside: she was blocking the exit of a big supermarket.
▪ On and on they flew until day turned into dusk and they reached the big supermarket on the edge of the town.
▪ Voice over One of the big four supermarkets, Sainsbury's says it's happy to take up the gauntlet.
▪ Hence, Britain's five biggest supermarket groups now account for more than 60 percent of all grocery sales.
▪ It is one of five applications for a big supermarket currently on the drawing board for the resort.
▪ The big supermarket chains certainly regained favour in 2000.
▪ Skerne Park offers no big supermarkets and no dentists, doctors or pharmacies.
▪ Between a small, local shop where there is likely to be less security, and a large supermarket or department store?
▪ Among recent shopping innovations: what is proclaimed to be the largest supermarket in the county.
▪ This rice is not always easy to obtain, although it is now available in larger supermarkets.
▪ And eggs of Jumbo size may often be found in large supermarkets.
▪ Prices overall were higher, but some items were cheaper than at the larger supermarkets.
▪ Hunter's pheasant Game is now widely available in many large supermarkets, butchers and from game dealers.
▪ This co-operative society closed its doors in 1968, forced out of business by the large supermarkets.
▪ She's well regarded, except at times in her local supermarket where Phyllis occasionally undergoes something of a personality change.
▪ Blueberries can be had, however, at the local supermarket, for $ 2. 79 per quart.
▪ Take a trip down to your local supermarket.
▪ In my local supermarket you can buy tins of baked beans without tomato sauce.
▪ Take time to shop around; get to know your local wine merchant or investigate your local supermarket.
▪ None of them would look out of place in the local supermarket or disco.
▪ Rubbish bags are on sale at the local supermarket, and labels have to be affixed.
▪ A barbecued chicken and a ham, both provided ready to serve by the local supermarket, made her mouth water.
▪ They are available at major supermarkets.
▪ Available from Boots, major supermarkets, chemists and drug stores.
▪ Complete has now been listed by all the major supermarkets and sales have built steadily.
▪ An original and delicious ending to a meal; price: £1.89 for 20 from major supermarkets everywhere.
▪ The gel is available from Boots, Superdrug and major supermarkets.
▪ Discussions with another major supermarket chain should yield an own-label deal soon.
▪ Prominent campaigners are invariably selected, but the trawl also includes scientists and journalists, small shopkeepers and major supermarkets.
▪ Frozen gooseberries are available all year round in most major supermarkets.
▪ Wimpey was contracted to build alternative premises for Boosey &038; Hawkes and the new supermarket development for Sainsbury's.
▪ We went together to the new Irkutsk supermarket shortly after it opened.
▪ We opened 23 new supermarkets and at the end of the financial year we had 328.
▪ The internal lines were gone in the new Irkutsk supermarket.
▪ Lunch hour meant a hurried visit to a launderette or one of the new supermarkets.
▪ But it's not just local traders who are against new supermarkets.
▪ Of this, £643 million was spent on supermarket development and we opened 23 new and replacement supermarkets.
▪ A NEW supermarket planned for Richmond was thrown out by district councillors last night after a lengthy debate and a close vote.
▪ The suspect meat, more than eight tonnes of it, ended up in three national supermarket chains.
▪ That shuts out producers such as supermarket chains, where loaves are baked from batches of frozen dough made elsewhere.
▪ Some retailers use distinctive packaging for their own brands, eg one supermarket chain packaged everything in bright yellow.
▪ A supermarket chain gave the name Pemberley to its own brand of champagne.
▪ Both of those editions were pulled off the racks by supermarket chains that had received complaints from customers.
▪ Read in studio A supermarket chain with its roots in the nineteenth century is having a facelift.
▪ Prices even vary within supermarket chains.
▪ Controls would be set up at supermarket checkouts, and anyone buying too many cleaning compounds would be suspected of substance abuse.
▪ Slapdash weeklies at the supermarket checkout line move by the millions circulating gossip, lies, innuendo and scandal.
▪ In reality, Diana was given less training in her new job than the average supermarket checkout operator.
▪ I was talking to a woman at the supermarket checkout the other day.
▪ It may help to keep this in mind next time your two-year-old throws a wobbly at the supermarket checkout.
▪ Gordon MacDonald, director of remuneration at the Safeway supermarket group.
▪ The deal is conditional on the supermarket group obtaining planning consent to build a store on the site.
▪ Safeway supermarket group Argyll was also one of the select band to enjoy share price rises.
▪ Kwik Save, the supermarket group, gave retiring chairman Ian Howe a 43 percent rise to £187,000.
▪ Hence, Britain's five biggest supermarket groups now account for more than 60 percent of all grocery sales.
▪ The supermarket group is looking at a site occupied by the Caldaire bus company.
▪ Rival supermarket group Somerfield was up 6.5 per cent after it said that sales were continuing to improve.
▪ The supermarket group gave £1.3 million to community causes in 1990.
▪ This reduces the wastage due to damage in the journey from greenhouse to supermarket shelf.
▪ Some imitation products are available on supermarket shelves.
▪ This latter is the most expensive champagne on any supermarket shelf.
▪ Some products on supermarket shelves are simply described as pasteurized process cheese product.
▪ Have a look out for it on supermarket shelves.
▪ Sour cream dressing and sour half-and-half dressing have been defined and are on supermarket shelves.
▪ When these products will reach the supermarket shelf is unclear.
▪ After all you can't sell the countryside on the supermarket shelf.
▪ Her doorman was perched on a folding chair, his attention largely given over to a supermarket tabloid.
▪ Most of them, however, had pulled copies of the Globe because the supermarket tabloid published copies of grisly crime-scene photographs.
▪ Morris neither confirmed nor denied the story, which had been pursued by the Star, a supermarket tabloid.
▪ Kathie Lee and Frank Gifford decorate the front pages of every supermarket tabloid.
▪ There was also a thrilling supermarket trolley formation display by the Safeway Green Arrows.
▪ Male speaker Another problem is the supermarket trolley.
▪ Children played uproariously with supermarket trolleys, pushing one another around.
▪ David leant against an abandoned supermarket trolley and closed his eyes while he counted to thirty.
▪ This was obscure, but it seems to have something to do with going downhill with an out-of-control supermarket trolley.
▪ More than 100 people a week are taken to hospital after hurting themselves on supermarket trolleys.
▪ Safeway wants to build a £15m supermarket with 700 free parking spaces, an application rejected by Darlington Borough Council last year.
▪ This is reason enough to grow the plant rather than buying it at the supermarket, after days of shipping and shelving.
▪ Ready-to-roll fondant icing can be bought in supermarkets.
▪ Why aren't more people buying organic now that the supermarkets have made it so easy?
▪ They can be crushed to make matzo meal, although this can be bought ready-made in supermarkets or good delicatessens.
▪ We opened 23 new supermarkets and at the end of the financial year we had 328.
▪ Seventeen years ago, after fleeing from Idi Amin's reign of terror, Virani opened a supermarket in south London.
▪ This woman appeared on television with me and now she's being asked to open supermarkets.
▪ Sainsbury opened 14 new supermarkets in the first half.
▪ They will sell in supermarkets for around 43p.
▪ Two years later she married a guy who sold steel supermarket shelving, and they moved to San Diego.
▪ It said the risk was small, and did not apply to bulk milk sold by supermarkets and dairies.
▪ Food Giant claims we're all spending far more than we need to when we shop at the well-known supermarkets.
▪ The mortgage trading desk evolved from corner shop to supermarket.
▪ One-stop shopping enables the supermarket to dictate what the shopper can acquire.
▪ He shops in the supermarket like anyone else, he carries out the garbage, shovels the snow off the sidewalk.
▪ If none of these options are open to you, then shopping at a large supermarket is probably the best solution.
▪ Imagine that you are shopping at your local supermarket.
▪ There are plans to open a new supermarket next year.
▪ Her doorman was perched on a folding chair, his attention largely given over to a supermarket tabloid.
▪ I, who can not reach anything on the top shelf at the supermarket?
▪ If the product is approved, genetically engineered tomatoes could be on the supermarket shelves by 1993.
▪ In the supermarket and the local shop they are, at present, the only one.
▪ Leasure advises consumers to amass coupons only for products you regularly use, organize the coupons by aisles in the supermarket.
▪ Some imitation products are available on supermarket shelves.
▪ Some quality-graded lamb can be purchased in the supermarket.
▪ There was also a thrilling supermarket trolley formation display by the Safeway Green Arrows.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1933, American English, from super- + market (n.). The 1933 reference is in an article that says the stores themselves began to open around 1931.


n. 1 A large self-service store that sells groceries and, usually, medications, household goods(,) and/or clothing. 2 A chain of such stores.


n. a large self-service grocery store selling groceries and dairy products and household goods


A supermarket, a large form of the traditional grocery store, is a self-service shop offering a wide variety of food and household products, organized into aisles. It is larger and has a wider selection than a traditional grocery store, but is smaller and more limited in the range of merchandise than a hypermarket or big-box market.

The supermarket typically comprises meat, fresh produce, dairy, and baked goods aisles, along with shelf space reserved for canned and packaged goods as well as for various non-food items such as kitchenware, household cleaners, pharmacy products and pet supplies. Some supermarkets also sell a variety of other household products that are consumed regularly, such as new condoms (where permitted), medicine, and clothes, and some stores sell a much wider range of non-food products: DVDs, sporting equipment, board games, and seasonal items (e.g., Christmas wrapping paper in December).

The traditional supermarket occupies a large amount of floor space, usually on a single level. It is usually situated near a residential area in order to be convenient to consumers. The basic appeal is the availability of a broad selection of goods under a single roof, at relatively low prices. Other advantages include ease of parking and frequently the convenience of shopping hours that extend into the evening or even 24 hours of day. Supermarkets usually allocate large budgets to advertising, typically through newspapers. They also present elaborate in-shop displays of products. The shops are usually part of corporate chains that own or control (sometimes by franchise) other supermarkets located nearby—even transnationally—thus increasing opportunities for economies of scale.

Supermarkets typically are supplied by the distribution centres of their parent companies, usually in the largest city in the area. Supermarkets usually offer products at relatively low prices by using their buying power to buy goods from manufacturers at lower prices than smaller stores can. They also minimise financing costs by paying for goods at least 30 days after receipt and some extract credit terms of 90 days or more from vendors. Certain products (typically staple foods such as bread, milk and sugar) are very occasionally sold as loss leaders, that is, with negative profit margins so as to attract shoppers to their store. There is some debate as to the effectiveness of this tactic. To maintain a profit, supermarkets make up for the lower margins by a higher overall volume of sales, and with the sale of higher-margin items bought by the intended higher volume of shoppers. Customers usually shop by placing their selected merchandise into shopping carts (trolleys) or baskets (self-service) and pay for the merchandise at the check-out. At present, many supermarket chains are attempting to further reduce labor costs by shifting to self-service check-out machines, where a single employee can oversee a group of four or five machines at once, assisting multiple customers at a time.

A larger full-service supermarket combined with a department store is sometimes known as a hypermarket. Other services offered at some supermarkets may include those of banks, cafés, childcare centres/creches, Insurance(and other financial services), Mobile Phone services, photo processing, video rentals, pharmacies and/or petrol stations.

Supermarket (comics)

Supermarket is a four-issue comic book mini-series written by Brian Wood and illustrated by Kristian Donaldson. It was published by IDW Publishing in 2006.

Supermarket (album)

Supermarket is a studio album by the Israeli rock band, Rockfour. Released in September 2000, Supermarket is the band's first English album.

Supermarket (disambiguation)

A supermarket is a large form of the traditional grocery store, a self-service shop offering a wide variety of food and household products organized into aisles.

Supermarket may also refer to:

  • Supermarket (comics), a four-issue 2006 comic written by Brian Wood and illustrated by Kristian Donaldson
  • Supermarket (Stakka Bo album), a 1993 music album by Stakka Bo
  • Supermarket (album), a 2000 music album by Rockfour

Usage examples of "supermarket".

In 1980, Jon Rowleyan Alaska fisherman for ten years after quitting Reed Collegebegan working with fishermen, supermarkets, and restaurants to revolutionize the way Pacific fish were caught, handled, and delivered to the city.

Bumblebee, transforming back into robot form, jumped to his feet to attack the Decepticon, but before he could make a move a series of ripping explosions blew up around Long Haul, destroying what little was left of the supermarket.

Together they were planning a joint shopping expedition to the 10th-floor supermarket the following day, like a band of villagers going on an outing to an unpoliced city.

While the mainstream press still avoided printing unsubstantiated rumors, the supermarket tabloids were offering cash for shocking stories from Arkansas.

Where does that kind of thing end his But of course I make a big fuss like every body else when I see old bistrots like this disappearing and being replaced by drug-store bars, and markets pulled down for supermarkets.

So it is with some eagerness that Dasein has accepted a commission from a large supermarket chain, whose advances have also been rebuffed by Santaroga, to carry out some marketing research there.

For instance, every beep you hear at the supermarket checkout counter signifies that a tiny laser has scanned a bar code and transmitted its digits to a computer where the checksum has been calculated and found to be correct.

With its forty floors and thousand apartments, its supermarket and swimming-pools, bank and junior schoolall in effect abandoned in the skythe high-rise offered more than enough opportunities for violence and confrontation.

Europe, which is, in fact, what they are: Lapp women dressed in traditional costume for no reason other than it is what they wear when they are heading down to the supermarket for a mid-week shop.

In enters a female grandmother hobgoblin, almost bent double with age, covered from head to foot in tattered and dirty Lapp gear, none of the brightly coloured clothes that we had seen pushing supermarket trolleys some time past: a national costume in the raw.

Just find ten million friends who all have 1 milliwatt supermarket lasers.

If he was being staked out by a muckraker, the young preacher would never know until he saw the proof on the evening news or read it on the front pages of the supermarket rags.

Rivo Alto were on the single nonresidential street on the small island, I decided to drive a couple of miles farther, to an all-night supermarket on Pacific Coast Highway.

Finally, it makes no more sense to purchase a standardized or prepackaged food storage program than it does to buy your weekly bag of groceries selected and bagged by a supermarket clerk, without regard to your personal preferences.

Ultimately both the positive effects and ironic countereffects of television are, like the polarities of the supermarket, recontextualized when DeLillo shifts attention from the content of television to the medium itself.