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Why are supermarkets often on the edge of towns?

Both answers are right.

Because most towns in the Ireland were built centuries ago with lots of small houses and buildings in the centre, large supermarkets could not be put in the centre of towns because there simply wasn't space to build them.

So supermarkets were built in places where there was space for a large building and a surrounding car park. Supermarkets were built near to roads so it was easy for people to get to them and easy for delivery lorries to drop off food and other goods from warehouses.

If you were designing a town, where would you put shops, houses, schools, offices?

Design a town

Supermarket often on the edge of town