a retail merchant or tradesman; a person who owns or operates a small store or shop.

1520–30; shop + keeper

shopkeeping, noun Unabridged
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shopkeeper (ˈʃɒpˌkiːpə)
a person who owns or manages a shop or small store

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Example sentences
Then the wolf went away to a shopkeeper and bought himself a great lump of
  chalk, ate this and made his voice soft with it.
While the performances often sell out in advance, a shopkeeper had tipped me
  off that the morning exercises were open to anyone.
Her father's shopkeeper's salary does not cover the family's expenses.
If the shopkeeper gives you a product that is packed or wrapped suspiciously,
  don't buy it.
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