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Table 1 Categorization of place types into retail categories

From: Beyond the supermarket: analyzing household shopping trip patterns that include food at home and away from home retailers

Retail Category Place Types Description of Category
Superstore Superstore Larger retailers that sell a combination of food and home goods. This category includes retailers like Wal-Mart and Target
Supermarket Supermarket Larger food retailer that primarily sells food. This category includes retailers like Kroger, Publix, ShopRite, etc.
Convenience Store Convenience Store Small food retailers that generally sell a limited number of products. Includes retailers such as 7–11.
Grocery Store Combination Grocery/Other; Grocery Store, Large;
Grocery Store, Medium; Grocery Store, Not Further Specified
Grocery stores are similar to supermarkets in that they tend to primarily sell food products, but they are much smaller in size.
Other Food Store Bakery Specialty; Delivery Route; Direct Marketing Farmer; Dollar Store; Farmers Market; Food Bank or Pantry; Fruits and Vegetable Specialty; Gas Station or Market; Liquor Store, Winery; Meat or Poultry Specialty; Nonprofit Food Buying Coop; Pharmacy;
Seafood Specialty; Club Stores; Military Commissary; Wholesale
Combines a variety of retailer types that primarily sell food for consumption at home, but are more specialized than supermarket, superstores, grocery and convenience stores.
Restaurant Buffet Restaurant; Chicken Restaurant; Pizza Restaurant; Restaurant, American; Restaurant, Asian; Restaurant, European; Restaurant, Mexican or Tex-Mex or Latin American; Restaurant, Seafood;
Restaurant, Steak House; Restaurant, Not Further Specified
Includes retailers that sell food and meals for consumption away from home. Restaurants likely include retailers for sit-down service and take away.
Burger Restaurant Burger Restaurant, Including Hot Dog Includes retailers that sell food and meals for consumption away from home. Burger and hot dog restaurants were included in a separate category because they are more likely than restaurants to be fast-food or fast service restaurants.
Other Eating Place Bakery; Café and Bakery Café; Coffee Shop; Dairy Desserts; Drinking Place; Miscellaneous Specialty;
Sandwich Shop; Travel Place; Vending Machine, Food Truck
Combines a variety of retailer types that primarily sell food for consumption away from home but are more specialized than restaurants.
Other Athletic Club, Gym; Bowling Alley; Camp, After School Program; Casino; College; Country Club;
Fair, Concert, Amusement Park; Family; Fishing or Hunting; Fraternal Organization; Friend; Garden, Home; Garden, Other; Hospital; Institution; Meals on Wheels; Movie Theatre; Municipal Offices; Nonfood Retailer; Park, Community Center; Party, Cookout; Place of Worship; Preschool; School; Work
Combines a variety of retailer types that primarily sell food for consumption away from home but are more specialized and less frequently utilized than restaurants and other eating places.