Definition: Variety store
A variety store is a retail outlet run on a self-service or pre-selection basis whose various departments offer a relatively broad but not very deep range of everyday consumer goods at low prices and with a reduced level of service. Outlets of this type used to be known in the USA, for example, as dime stores. Food departments may constitute a supermarket within the variety store, depending on the floor space they occupy and their turnover.
Eurostat, "Retailing in the European Single Market", Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg, 1993