chain store

noun
one of a group of retail stores under the same ownership and selling similar merchandise.

Origin:
1905–10, Americanism

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chain store
 
n
Also called: multiple store one of several retail enterprises under the same ownership and management

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chain store definition


One of many retail stores owned by a single corporation and offering similar products. Examples include Sears and Safeway.

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chain store

any of two or more retail stores having the same ownership and selling the same lines of goods. Chain stores account for an important segment of retailing operations in the Americas, western Europe, and Japan. Together with the department store and the mail-order company, chain stores represent the first successful application of large-scale integrated methods to a form of retailing.

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Example sentences
Maintains contact with retail and chain store management to obtain current
  information regarding market conditions.
See how this major chain store accommodates, appreciates, and promotes its
  diverse workforce.
In addition, a large chain store for homebuilder supplies plans more expansion
  overseas than domestically.
The major boost in retail sales was driven by an increase in chain store
  outlets.
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