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general store

a store, usually in a rural area, that sells a wide variety of merchandise, as clothing, food, or hardware, but is not divided into departments.
1825-35, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The estate, known for its mountain views, also has a general store filled with picnic fare.
  • Or you might see a fully stocked general store with original wooden boxes and shelves with tin cans.
  • His father was a farmer who also operated a general store and was the local postmaster.
  • Campers can walk to the facility's general store for boat rentals, camping supplies and showers.
  • Historic renovation of old-time general store and campground.
  • During the summer months coin-operated laundry and shower facilities are available at the general store nearby.
  • The facility offers restrooms with shower facilities, a general store, playground and picnic tables.
  • The campground has a recreation hall with a pool table, a general store and a swimming pool.
  • The lodge is also within walking distance of the town park, a general store and art galleries.
  • Amenities at this resort include an outdoor swimming pool, a general store and three playgrounds for children.
Encyclopedia Article for general store

retail store in a small town or rural community that carries a wide variety of goods, including groceries. In the United States the general store was the successor of the early trading post, which served the pioneers and early settlers. Located at a crossroads or in a village, it served the surrounding community and farmers from the neighbouring countryside and carried a wide variety of goods, including food, clothing, housewares, and farm equipment. Because money was scarce in many rural areas, some of the trade was accomplished through barter. The general store served as a meeting place for members of the community, of which the storekeeper was an important member not only because he supplied material goods but because he was also the source of news and gossip. Because produce from the land and forest tended to yield a seasonal return, the storekeeper also sometimes extended long-term credit of from six months to a year to his customers.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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