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

Mateusz Konieczny matkoniecz at tutanota.com
Mon Mar 25 22:53:18 UTC 2019

Mar 25, 2019, 9:57 PM by phil at trigpoint.me.uk:

> On Mon, 2019-03-25 at 13:57 -0400, Kevin Kenny wrote:
>> On Mon, Mar 25, 2019 at 11:44 AM Mateusz Konieczny
>> <>> matkoniecz at tutanota.com <mailto:matkoniecz at tutanota.com>>> > wrote:
>> > My conclusion is that this is an old shop type, currently getting
>> > rare but there are still some valid uses
>> > but many cases would benefit from retagging to more popular shop
>> > values
>> > (where shop=convenience/supermarket/country_store describes it
>> > well).
>> General stores, while not as common as they once were, still exist in
>> the rural communities that I visit - so please don't deprecate the
>> tag!
>> They often function as grocery stores, but also will generally offer
>> tools and hardware, clothing, home goods, camping supplies, bait and
>> tackle, dry goods, and paper goods - pretty much a little bit of
>> everything, albeit with a more limited selection than you'd find at a
>> store in a larger town. The wide offering of general merchandise
>> distinguishes them from 'supermarket'. The small size and relatively
>> limited selection distinguish them from supermarket (also, not all
>> general stores sell perishable food). They're a lot more than a
>> convenience_store; they're typically the main or only store in the
>> village. They're surely not a variety_store, and are often overpriced
>> because many nowadays cater to tourists. (The villagers might drive
>> to
>> the nearest sizable towm to shop.)
> Much the same in the UK, as Kevin says please do not depreciate this
> tag. It is never going to have the level of usage that city based tags
> get.
As mentioned, based on feedback here, I amended the OSM wiki page
to explain that there is some difference and that there are shops that require this 
shop type.
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