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A warehouse store, as opposed to a warehouse club, is a retail location with a limited variety of merchandise sold in bulk at a discount to customers. Unlike a warehouse club, warehouse stores do not require their patrons to obtain a membership nor do they require the payment of any fees.
Examples in the United States
Many warehouse stores are operated by traditional grocery chains both as a way to attract lower income, value conscious consumers and to maximize their buying power in order to lower costs at their mainstream stores. Notable examples of corporations who operate warehouse stores include United States chains Kroger and Albertsons LLC and the smaller Sacramento-based Nugget Market. However, WinCo Foods is an exception as it is a warehouse chain of its own and not part of a larger chain of traditional supermarkets like Safeway, Kroger, or Supervalu.
Features of warehouse store or warehouse club:
- No frills and no service outlets
- Generally carry non-food items but some may carry food items
- Located in low rent area
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