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Supermarket Names

The topic concerning supermarket names gives us some really interesting histories. Many people know that there is a chain of supermarkets in the United States known as A&P. But do many people know where the name comes from? Alternatively, rather, what the letters stand for. They stand for the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company.

In the United States alone there are innumerable supermarkets with more or less well-known names. Kroger comes to mind. Not many people realize that the supermarket they shop at with very different names is probably in the Kroger family of Supermarkets. These supermarkets go with such names as Food 4 Less or Fry’s Food and Drug or Pay Less Food or Ralphs. All these stores or, rather, supermarkets are also chains in their own right.

There are many great supermarkets in the United States from Aldi to Wal-Mart. Some of these are actually international in nature. For example, Wal-Mart has stores in other parts of the world. Stores have locations in Canada as well as South America, in countries like Argentina or Brazil. Sam’s Club is part of the Wal-Mart family of stores as well. Some other well-known supermarkets in the United States include IGA – again, the abbreviation may not be spelled out in the minds of many people. The letters actually stand for Independent Grocers Alliance.

As we move to Europe, we can encounter some really interesting supermarket names. There is, for example, a Hungarian chain known as CBA – this chain is headquartered in Hungary, but it has stores or, rather, supermarkets in the following countries: Croatia, Bulgaria, Greece, Lithuania, Italy, Malta, Poland, Montenegro, Romania, Slovakia, Serbia and Slovenia. As far as the name is concerned, it appears that Hungary has decided to reverse the first three letters of the alphabet, ABC – and that’s how the name came about. This is, by the way, an educated guess on my part.

Moving over to Asia, there is a Japanese chain called JUSCO, where the letters stand for Japan United Stores Company. This particular chain has supermarkets in such places as Malaysia, Hong Kong, mainland China, and Thailand. The acronym is in English, which is itself an interesting factor. Perhaps it honors the idea that the supermarket was born in the United States (though I am not absolutely sure about this).

Penny Market is another interesting concept in supermarkets. This is a German company that has stores in the following countries: Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, and Romania. Why the English name (penny) is itself interesting. Again, perhaps the widespread use of the English language the world over may be the reason for it.

This article can barely touch the surface of the many supermarket names that can be found in the entire world.  In the English-speaking countries alone there must be dozens and dozens – such as the British Isles and South Africa and Australia and New Zealand and many other places where people use English as their mother tongue or native language. Notwithstanding their many names, supermarkets are places where people of all ages and colors and ethnic groups shop for their daily bread.

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