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chain store

one of a group of retail stores under the same ownership and selling similar merchandise.
Origin of chain store
1905-10, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Then he had told me that the chain-store people had made him an offer, and he went to work in their Hartford store.

  • In the chain-store system of merchandising we see the opposite extreme of coffee retailing.

    All About Coffee William H. Ukers
  • The shop sells as its leaders home-made English tarts that no chain-store could supply.

    Certain Success Norval A. Hawkins
British Dictionary definitions for chain-store

chain store

one of several retail enterprises under the same ownership and management Also called multiple store
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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