Wholesale club – Membership retail/wholesale hybrids with varied selection and limited variety of products presented in a warehouse-type environment. These 120,000-sq.-ft. stores have 60%-70% GM/HBC and a grocery line dedicated to large sizes and bulk sales. Memberships include both business accounts and consumer groups.

Supercenters – A hybrid of a large traditional supermarket and a mass merchandiser, supercenters offer a wide variety of food, as well as non-food merchandise. These stores average more than 170,000 sq. ft. and typically devote as much as 40% of the space to grocery items.

Dollar store – A small-store format that traditionally sold staples and knickknacks. Now, sales of food and consumable items at aggressive price points account for at least 20%, and up to 66%, of their volume.

Drug store – A prescription-based drug store that generates 20% or more of its total sales from consumables, general merchandise, and seasonal items.

Mass merchandiser – A large store selling primarily hard lines, clothing, electronics and sporting goods, but also carrying grocery and non-edible grocery items.

Military commissary – A format that looks like a conventional grocery store carrying groceries and consumables, but is restricted to use by active or retired military personnel.  

Source: Food Marketing Institute, Supermarket Facts, Store FormatDefinitions


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