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chain store

noun
1.
one of a group of retail stores under the same ownership and selling similar merchandise.
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10, Americanism
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British Dictionary definitions for chain-store

chain store

noun
1.
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

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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