[Talk-GB] UK Retail chains

Dan S danstowell+osm at gmail.com
Sat Oct 25 19:19:25 UTC 2014

2014-10-25 20:14 GMT+01:00 ael <law_ence.dev at ntlworld.com>:
> On Sat, Oct 25, 2014 at 07:39:49PM +0100, Dan S wrote:
>> 2014-10-25 17:48 GMT+01:00 ael <law_ence.dev at ntlworld.com>:
>> >> >I have made a large update to the UK retail chain page:
>> >> > https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/UK_Retail_Chains
>> >
>> > I am not sure that this is on topic here, but I didn't see the Post
>> > Office there. Presumably it now counts now as a private business,
>> > although perhaps not quite "retail".
>> >
>> > Our local main office has just closed and moved to a shop within a
>> > shop (W H Smith in this case). A quick wiki search didn't get a hit
>> > on how to tag this sort of sub shop, although I know, of course, that
>> > this is a common situation with department stores.
>> >
>> > Is there an agreed way to tag this? Just add amenity=post_office
>> > to the to the same node as the shop tag? Or add a second node? Or
>> > something else?
>> Hi -
>> I certainly would not add it to the same node. It's only coincidence
>> that the tag is a different key so it lets you do that - and after all
>> it may have different name=*, different opening_hours=*, etc. A second
> That's true. I would have noticed when I tried to do it :-)
> However two nodes with standard tags don't distinguish "W H Smiths
> inside Post office" from the inverse. That seems a useful distinction.
> sub_shop=yes is ugly, but perhaps something along these lines already
> exists or is needed?

This may have been discussed heavily elsewhere, I don't know. My own
opinion is that if you need something to be _inside_ something else,
there's no point trying to do that just with nodes, since areas are
perfect for the job!


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