[Tagging] Is there any use of shop=general/general_store not covered by shop=convenience/supermarket/country_store?

Andy Townsend ajt1047 at gmail.com
Mon Mar 25 16:38:39 UTC 2019

On 25/03/2019 15:00, Paul Allen wrote:
> On Mon, 25 Mar 2019 at 14:36, Mateusz Konieczny 
> <matkoniecz at tutanota.com <mailto:matkoniecz at tutanota.com>> wrote:
>     In situations matching your description I think that either
>     shop=supermarket or shop=country_store would fit.
> There used to be a shop near me which wouldn't really match 
> country_store, convenience,
> variety, or hardware.  It sold a bizarre mix of things. No food 
> whatsoever, so not convenience
> or supermarket.  No farm or garden equipment or clothing, so not 
> country_store.  Definitely not
> cheap (if anywhere else sold something you wanted this place would be 
> more expensive) so
> not really variety.
> Like I said, it sold a bizarre mix of things.  Kitchen utensils and 
> equipment (but very little
> electrical stuff).  Hardware like letterboxes, letterbox draught 
> excluders, wood screws (not a
> wide selection), door bolts.  Dustbins.  Firewood. Brushes and 
> brooms.  I rarely went in there
> (after seeing the prices the first time I went in) but there was all 
> kinds of other stuff I barely
> remember.  Two local newspapers reporting its closure described it as 
> a "hardware and
> household goods" store, but the local pound shop carries a bigger 
> range of hardware than it
> did, and neither match up to a proper hardware shop like B&Q (or even 
> B&M).
> The closest fit would be general, and even that is a very poor fit 
> (there were no foodstuffs).  But
> that's the closest match to "household goods and other random stuff."
It's always going to be a case of "picking the least worst value".  
Barnitt's in York https://www.openstreetmap.org/node/1489262121 is 
tagged as shop=doityourself, but that's only a very small part of its 
range.  Bunners in Montogomery is similar (see the note on 
https://www.openstreetmap.org/node/489847395 , and someone's even 
written a song about that one - 

It's certainly possible to do a fair bit of gardening (with a spade from 
Barnitt's) in the lower reaches of 
https://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/keys/shop#values where it's really 
obvious what someone meant (space instead of underscore, misspellings, 
capitals, looking at shop name and brand etc.), but sometimes the "least 
worst value" really will be a value that someone might want to "deprecate".

Best Regards,


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