When we want to buy something we go to a shop. There are many kinds of shops in every town and city. We go to a baker’s for bread and to a butcher’s for meat. Sugar, tea, coffee, salt, cheese and so on are sold at a grocer’s. We go to a greengrocer’s for vegetables.
Cakes and sweets are sold at a confectioner’s. But now most food-shops in St.Petersburg have several departments and they sell all kinds of food including meat, vegetables, fruit, sausages and drinks. Nowadays there are supermarkets in every district of St.Petersburg with an even bigger variety of sections and foods. You go in at the front door, take a basket or a cart and in half an hour you go out at another door with everything you need for a week or at least a few days. This new way of selling and buying came to Russia from the West. You pay only once — on leaving the supermarket. The cashiers add up the prices quickly on their electrical cash machines and there are no queues.