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Shopping Heaven?

Cheap food, hidden costs – supermarkets have it all.

Have you been shopping recently? Where did you get your food? From the baker, the butcher or the greengrocer? Or did you simply go to the supermarket? The world of shopping has been revolutionised by supermarkets. But is it all good?

The concept of “supermarkets” was developed in the USA. The first supermarket opened in New York in 1930 and was called King Kullen (named after King Kong). The store’s motto was, “Pile it high. Sell it low.” The idea caught on quickly and now there’s a supermarket on almost every street corner.

And that’s no surprise. After all supermarkets offer a lot of benefits. We no longer have to walk up and down the high street to get our weekly supplies – we can do it all in one place. And that place is often open 12 hours a day. There’s greater choice too with some supermarkets offering up to 40,000 different products. So it seems that everyone’s a winner. But as always – it’s not quite that simple.

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