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Food and Shopping

MacLean Berry Farm at Farmers marketThis is a quick overview of the types of stores available in Peterborough. For specific information, please select one of the options below.

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Peterborough has many different types of stores. Some of the shopping options in Peterborough include:

Shopping malls (also referred to as shopping centres) – large indoor shopping spaces made up of many different types of individual specialty stores.  Some shopping malls also contain department stores and grocery stores. Shopping malls typically contain a sit-down eating area with fast food restaurants and cafes. This is often called a ‘food court’.

Department stores and superstores – large stores that carry a variety of items, such as clothing, furniture, cosmetics, toys, gardening supplies, electronics etc.; some also sell groceries.

Specialty stores - stores that concentrate on a particular item, such as books, shoes, furniture, clothing, lighting, home improvement, flowers, etc. 

Supermarkets and grocery stores – big stores that sell a large variety of food.

Health food stores - often smaller supermarkets that mainly sell organic and natural items, environmentally friendly cleaners, cosmetics and personal items, vitamins, supplements and homeopathic remedies. Some regular supermarkets also contain a few aisles dedicated to health foods.

Drug stores and pharmacies - stores that sell prescription and non-prescription medication, personal care items, and other household products.  Some also sell natural and homeopathic items. Supermarkets and grocery stores can also contain pharmacies.

Convenience stores - small stores that sell milk, bread, snack food, newspapers and other basic items.

‘Second-hand’ or ‘thrift stores’ - stores that sell used clothing, furniture, books and other items at lower prices.

Dollar stores – stores that sell a variety of items at low costs, often only a dollar or two.

Farmers’ markets - outdoor and indoor stalls where fruits, vegetables, and other goods are sold by local farmers and artisans.

Garage sales (also referred to as yard sales) and flea markets - informal sales of used items that are held outside homes, apartment buildings or in large open areas. Yard sales usually take place on weekends. Anyone can put on a yard sale. A rummage sale is similar to a garage sale but is often held in churches, with all of the money going to the church or charity.

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