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chain store

one of a group of retail stores under the same ownership and selling similar merchandise.
1905-10, Americanism Unabridged
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  • 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.
  • The national chain store may offer the same service contract pricing and sell the same phone for several hundred dollars less.
  • Many companies, especially chain store operators, want to remove real estate and related debt from their balance sheets.
British Dictionary definitions for chain store

chain store

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

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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Encyclopedia Article for 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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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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