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Definition: Hypermarket

Distributive trade

A hypermarket or superstore is a retail self-service establishment offering a broad range of food and non-food products, with car parking facilities and with a floor space of:
- Belgium, Denmark, Spain, France, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal: 2 500 m² or more;
- Germany: 1 500 m² to 4 999 m²; (Verbrauchermarkt) 5 000 m² or more (SB-Warenhaus);
- Ireland, United Kingdom: 2 323 m² or more. These superstores have a very reduced non-food section compared with continental hypermarkets.
Eurostat, "Retailing in the European Single Market", Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg, 1993