Whats Inside an American Supermarket

hi everyone today we're going to be talking about everyday culture in the US last time we talked about American convenience stores and how their unique this time we're going to talk about American supermarkets a supermarket also known as a grocery store is a one-stop location where people can purchase foods drinks and basic household supplies there are currently over 38,000 supermarkets in the United States fees range from small family-owned stores to huge corporate super stores the first supermarket was a locally owned shop called Piggly Wiggly that was 100 years ago these days the supermarket industry is dominated by big brands like Kroger Walmart and Costco these stores are massive the size of an average Costco is about 145,000 square feet that's about the size of three professional soccer fields because of the size of these stores a wider variety of goods is available than an average supermarkets in other countries in 1975 there was an average of about 8,000 different items in the typical supermarket by 2008 however that number had increased to about 47,000 different items supermarkets in the US include huge sections that are hard to find in other countries these include meats cheeses cereals and produce many of these sections are unaffected by any kind of seasonal limitations and so you can find these products year-round there are several key vocabulary words for supermarkets in the US the dairy section is where you can find yogurt milk and cheese in the produce section you can find fresh fruit and vegetables meat sections are usually where you can buy fresh cuts of beef pork and chicken packaged lunch meats can be purchased in the deli section there's also a huge variety of packaged goods find entire aisles devoted to things like beans grains cereals and pasta if you'd like to try to cook something quickly you can also find a lot of things in the frozen food section some supermarkets also have bakeries where you can buy premade breads pastries and other items while in some countries it's common to find a huge selection of fish and spices at supermarkets in the US it's very common to find huge selections of cheese and snack foods processed foods and dairy are some of the most commonly just items at supermarkets in the US despite the huge variety and availability of out-of-season goods prices at supermarkets in the US have remained low a gallon of milk is around $3 500 grams of cheddar cheese is as little as two dollars one kilogram of beef is less than eight dollars and apples are less than one dollar each some things are more expensive at supermarkets in the u.s. a great example of this is seafood for example in places which are landlocked or surrounded by land with no access to the ocean good quality seafood is hard to find because of this there's a limited variety of seafood and most of it is frozen goods sold at some supermarkets in the United States are much larger than goods in other countries at warehouse Styles super stores you can buy items in bulk bulk items are items you can buy a large amount of at one time these supermarkets usually offer two ways to checkout or pay for your items the first way is for a cashier to take each individual item from an automatic conveyor belt the second way is with self checkout customers take their items to a self checkout machine scan each item and then pay at the machine directly at the machine customers are required to pack their purchases into bags at the cashier either a cashier or an attendant will pack the customers goods into bags these methods are equally popular and you can use cash or a credit card to finish your payment so how do supermarkets in the US compared to supermarkets in your country what's similar what's different and is there anything else you'd like to know about culture in the u.s. please let us know in the comments if you liked this video please don't forget to give it a thumbs up subscribe to our channel if you haven't already and if you'd like to learn more about culture in the US click the link in the description to get a free lifetime account and start learning with us today see you next time my two ways two ways to check out can you see it warehouse style or super store style store super store style stores I tried to say that and I was not good and and is there anything else you'd like to know about culture [Music] [Applause]

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