What follows is a small selection of basic self-service supermarkets, furniture, appliance, office supply and DIY hardware chain stores in Spain. There is no guarantee that anyone will speak English, but once you have found what you need, little more than basic Spanish should be necessary for the transaction.
Look in the Yellow Pages or on the stores' own websites for the branch addresses.
Alcampo: Supermarket chain also offering online order service.
Aldi: Supermarket chain offering food, some clothing, and some electrical applicances.
Caprabo: One of the largest supermarket chains in Spain. The Club Cliente Caprabo card offers extra savings for regular shoppers. In addition to stocking a wide range of food produce, the shops also sell household goods and audiovisual equipment.
Carrefour: Large hypermarket chain offering Carrefour own brand foods, clothing, accessories and electrical appliances. Discounts offered to holders of the store's loyalty card or Carrefour credit card.
Consum: Supermarkets chain present in some regions of Spain.
E.Leclerc: Supermarket and hypermarkets present across the mainland, with general foodstuffs, clothes, electrical appliances, accessories and household goods.
Eroski: Basque supermarket chain with 1,000 stores across the country. Some of the larger branches have petrol stations. Eroski has its own brand for fresh products, Eroski Natur.
Froiz: A large supermarket and hypermarket chain for general foodstuffs and perishable goods. Online order service available.
Hipercor: Supermarket chain with foodstuffs, household goods, clothes, electrical appliances, books and accessories.
Lidl: Discount supermarket chain for household goods and foodstuffs including frozen foods, alcohol, bread and a limited range of fresh fruit and vegetables. Many economy brands in stock. Customers can arrange to receive a list of weekly offers via e-mail.
Masymas: Supermarket chain with stores in seven regions of Spain. General food.
Mercadona: Spain's largest supermarket operator. Stores on mainland Spain as well as the Canary and Balearic islands. The Mercadona store card allows consumers to spread out their shopping payments. Online shopping is also available.
SuperSol: Chain of supermarkets and hypermarkets operating on mainland Spain, part of the DinoSol group that also owns the chain of HiperDino supermarkets in the Canary Islands. Reasonably priced foodstuffs are on sale.
Conforama: For a full range of household furnishings, computer and audiovisual equipment, kitchen appliances and electrical goods. Conforama offers customers a "buy now, pay later" option as well as a loyalty card Tarjeta Conforama. The company has 16 stores on mainland Spain and Majorca.
Esil de Alba: Kitchens, bathrooms, home decorations and furniture are available from these design specialists, with several stores in the Madrid area.
Euronics: Electrical equipment specialists with 800 stores across Spain. For televisions, DVD players, PCs, air conditioning units, cameras and mobile phones.
IKEA: Indoor and outdoor furniture, sofas, dining tables and chairs, book shelves, futons, kitchens and storage containers. With branches throughout mainland Spain, the Canary and Balearic islands.
Portico: Modern home interior accessories and wedding lists. Bulk buying is available. There are stores throughout Spain.
Tienda Azul: Online sales of electrical and domestic appliances such as dishwashers, fridges, kettles and washing machines, as well as home furnishings. Delivery service is available throughout Spain.
AKI: For DIY, garden and interior decorating equipment and advice. Customers registering with the store, online, are eligible to win prizes and promotions on products. There are numerous stores located around Spain.
Bauhaus: DIY Superstore for electric tools and machinery, bathrooms, wood flooring, lighting and garden equipment. The Tarjeta Bauhaus is available for regular shoppers and offers a percentage discount on all purchases. Stores are located in Barcelona, Gavá, Girona, Tarragona and Málaga.
Brico King: Specialists in wood flooring, kitchens, and bathrooms, flat pack furniture and garden equipment. Home delivery service and wood cutting available. There are over 20 stores situated around Spain.
Leroy Merlin: Large hardware superstore chain with branches all over mainland Spain, the Balearic and Canary Islands. For tools, electrical equipment, paint, wood, plumbing supplies, bathrooms, kitchens, building equipment and lighting. Many stores also have a café and children's play area.
Alravasa: For office furniture, filing systems and designs to fill office space. There are stores in Barcelona and Madrid.
El Corte Ingles: Major Spanish department store chain with a good selection of stationery and office supplies. These include palm tops, multimedia devices, school stationery and office lighting. Store card available offering discounts to regular shoppers. Purchases may be made online.
OFI Precios: Office furniture and lighting suppliers with stores located all over northern Spain, as well as Salamanca and Valencia. Ergonomic equipment is also stocked. Free catalogues can be ordered from the website.
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