Aussies shocked by unexpected US supermarket trend

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An American TikTok user has left Aussies in disbelief when he discovered supermarkets in shopping centres.

Wait, what?

The TikTok user, @damedamian, who currently is living in Spain, posted a TikTok where he revealed that he was baffled to find a “grocery store in a mall.”

A US man was shocked to find a grocery store in a mall in Spain. Source: @damedamian/TikTok
A US man was shocked to find a grocery store in a mall in Spain. Source: @damedamian/TikTok

The revelation of “supermarkets combined with malls” came in at number six on the US man’s video titled, 8 Things that Don’t Make Sense in Spain, which sent figurative shockwaves through the nation.

It’s not us, it’s you that’s ‘weird’ say Aussies

Aussies were shocked to learn that supermarkets inside malls weren't the norm for everywhere in the world.

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One Aussie TikTok user, @dr.dangee, in particular, was so baffled by this revelation that he posted his reaction video to the online platform.

“Never in a million years would I think a grocery store in a shopping centre would be weird,” he said.

“How could that not be the norm anywhere in the world? You shop at a shopping centre or a mall and you buy groceries, you shop for groceries.”

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The reaction video has since clocked up over 50,000 views, with fellow Aussies on the platform echoing the TikTok user’s confusion as to why America keeps its supermarkets separate from their shopping centres.

“Imagine going to a mall to do your shopping, then having to drive somewhere completely different for groceries?!” one user wrote in response.

Meanwhile, other commentators pointed out that Americans were missing out on the unique experience of having multiple supermarkets within walking distance of each other.

“I mean if you don’t have Coles and Woolies opposite each other is it even really a shopping centre?” one user wrote in response.

Front of Woolworths store.
A US man has revealed that he was shocked to find that grocery stores can be found inside shopping malls. Source: Getty Images

Another baffled user wrote: “Imagine how they would feel if they found out some shopping centres have all three supermarkets”.

However, others also pointed out that supermarkets in Australia weren’t exclusively in shopping centres and some were standalone stores.

“There are some in Australia that are stand alone supermarkets. Less common these days, but they definitely exist,” wrote one user.

American expat gives verdict on Aussie supermarkets

It’s not just Australians who have something to say about America’s supermarkets.

An American expat recently took to TikTok to share her honest opinion about Aussie supermarkets staples, including Woolworths, Aldi, IGA, Coles and Harris Farm.

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“Obviously, Australian produce is generally much better. Fruits and vegetables are much better and fresh,” she said.

She said that her favourite grocery store is Harris Farm, which offers fresh fruit, vegetables and “extra special” gourmet ingredients.

"I love Harris Farm, it's amazing. I would say Harris Farm is fantastic and it's a lot like Trader Joe's," she said.

"You go there to get some special things. Shopping is very nice. The experience is just clean and fresh-it’s fun.”

She said that Woolworths was her go-to when it came to buying “basics” and explained that it reminded her of Ralphs in Southern California.

But when asked whether she preferred Woolworths or Coles, she replied: “I’m a Woolies gal... Woolies all the way.”

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