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The things you learn, part 17: Migros

Migros is a popular chain of supermarkets in Switzerland.

Today, I learned why it's called that: apparently, the name is derived from French mi-gros ("half-wholesale") to reflect the prices which were cheaper than retail and closer to wholesale prices.

This bit from the entry in German Wikipedia sounds interesting: "Migros verkauft heute noch keine Tabakwaren und keinen Alkohol in ihren Geschäften, diese werden meist durch andere Unternehmer im gleichen Haus wie Migros vertrieben." ("To this day, Migros sells no tobacco products nor alcohol in their shops; where these are sold, it is instead by other companies in the same building as a Migros shop.")

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