Definition of hypermarket in US English:



  • A very large store with a wide range of goods and a large parking lot, typically situated outside a town.

    • ‘We are pretty happy with how we are developing two of our main formats, the hypermarkets and the hard discount stores.’
    • ‘But Tesco's market dominance doesn't stop at the supermarkets or the hypermarkets.’
    • ‘By all means drive to the out-of-town hypermarket for your bulk shopping.’
    • ‘The Shanghai-based retailer operates 2,706 outlets, including hypermarkets, supermarkets and convenience stores.’
    • ‘The outlets it now controls include five hypermarkets, 27 supermarkets, 389 convenience stores and eight drug stores.’
    • ‘Calais, with a new array of quality hypermarkets and malls, has far more to offer than you first think.’
    • ‘The hypermarket's car park lot will provide space for 70 cars.’
    • ‘Large hypermarkets and stores already offer POS terminals mainly because of two reasons.’
    • ‘The produce and fish departments at Carrefour's Chinese hypermarkets resemble traditional outdoor markets.’
    • ‘If they all close down because of competition from big hypermarkets five miles outside town, and you haven't got a car, what do you do?’
    • ‘It is less common to have free access in a store, although the growth of large hypermarkets and shopping malls is changing this custom.’
    • ‘Some critics are not convinced that future shoppers will abandon malls and hypermarkets.’
    • ‘Speculation that the changes would pave the way for vast continental-style hypermarkets outside city centres was inaccurate.’
    • ‘It will have 140 retail outlets, a hypermarket and 12 cinema theatres, including the country's first 3D IMAX cinema, with 800 seats.’
    • ‘The remainder is sold through western-style supermarkets, hypermarkets and privatised local stores called Gastronom or Producty.’
    • ‘There are an abundance of new stores, supermarkets and hypermarkets.’
    • ‘It is here they need assistance if they are not to be crushed by the hypermarket and chain store.’
    • ‘In addition to department stores and specialty chain stores, hypermarkets are proliferating in Taiwan.’
    • ‘Streams of people packed hypermarkets, supermarkets and convenience stores to stockpile household necessities.’
    • ‘But like any other nation in the western world, France has its share of unimaginative hotel chains, fast food stores and hypermarkets.’
    store, retail store, outlet, retail outlet, reseller, cash and carry
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1970s: translation of French hypermarché, from hyper- ‘beyond, exceeding’ + marché ‘market’.