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company store

a retail store operated by a company for the convenience of the employees, who are required to buy from the store.
Also called industrial store.
Origin of company store
1870-75, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In the linen company store, at the entrance to the museum, are items that were sold in the early years of this century.
  • The scrip could be used in the company store to buy supplies miners needed for work, such boots or candles.
  • The staff at a company store may be better equipped to provide a remedy.
  • If a miner was short on cash before the next payday, he could go to the pay window at the company store and request an advance.
  • The company also erased all of the family's debts from the company store and paid burial costs.
  • Several patterned concrete block houses and a school remain from this era, along with a company store building.
  • The local company store was a thriving business and bustling gathering place where teams constantly arrived and departed.

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