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Supermarkets are stores where people buy their groceries, including fruits and vegetables, meat and seafood, dairy products, canned foods, cereals, fruit juices, frozen foods, items from the delicatessen and the bakery as well as other kinds of foods and other items – like laundry detergents or dish washing liquids or paper towels or TPs, etc.

What supermarket actually means is something that its name alone implies. It is a market that is like the old-fashioned outdoor markets of long ago and of the old countries used to be like. They still exist, but they are not where the vast majority of the people in most parts of the world do their shopping.

Supermarkets came into being when certain grocery stores decided to include items that originally people had to go to different stores to get. Thus, the green grocers of old sold fruits and vegetables. If you wanted to buy meat, you went to the butcher. If you wanted to buy bread, you went to the baker. Well, a supermarket is a store that combines these various stores into one and calls itself a super/market.

Most of the original supermarkets sprung up in suburban America. Here, the store was also adjacent to a large parking lot, so that people didn’t have to worry about parking their cars the way they used to when they just went to the neighborhood store and had to find parking spaces on the street, where there were frequently parking meters as well, so that free parking didn’t always exist. Well, supermarkets with their large parking lots have done in that kind of problem.

The availability of adequate parking is just one reason for the ever-growing popularity of the supermarket. The other is, as mentioned already, that here a person can go all their grocery shopping in one place. Here, they can find all that they need for their complete housekeeping needs: from the food, they and their families eat, to the items that they need to carry on civilized life: paper towels and TP and supplies for keeping the house clean and the dishes washed, etc.

Supermarkets have been growing by great big leaps and bounds once they were becoming popular early in the 20th century – some of them go back in history to the latter half of the 19th century as well. By the 21st century, we may also find super supermarkets, that is, hypermarkets – if you will – that sell more than just groceries and other household items.


These stores – Wal-Mart is a good example – sell all kinds of other products. Electronics, for example. Here, you can also buy a computer or a camera or a camcorder or whatever else you may need, like your next large-screen TV set, for example. Supermarkets are, therefore, here to stay for the long haul. Your parents shopped at them, you shop at them, and your children and their children and their children’s children are bound to shop at them as well. Time changes many things, but the basic supermarket seems to have a life of its own. And this is likely to remain for the foreseeable future and even beyond.


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