chain store


Definition of chain store

: one of numerous usually retail stores having the same ownership and selling the same lines of goods

Examples of chain store in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sprawling subdivisions have sprouted up around farmland, as have new chain stores. Dan Frosch, WSJ, "As West Coast Transplants Pour In, a Small Idaho Town Has a Big Dilemma," 21 Jan. 2020 Mayor Phil Heinlen said the city received notice from an employee Tuesday, as soon as at least one employee apparently said they were told, setting the city in motion to contact chain stores to explore an alternative for the town. USA TODAY, "Navajo ‘Baby Shark,’ Stanley Hotel, final ‘Plunge for Pete’: News from around our 50 states," 31 Dec. 2019 The city requires all chain stores to go through a permit process known as conditional use authorization. Shwanika Narayan,, "Former Rasputin Music space in Haight Ashbury to stay closed despite new tenant," 27 Dec. 2019 The stores are also close to skating chain store Zumiez in Union Square. Shwanika Narayan,, "Skateboarding shops make a comeback in San Francisco," 12 Jan. 2020 The mall's chain stores, such as Bath & Body Works, Lululemon and H&M, had decent foot traffic, but the big stores were not the only ones getting in on the Black Friday fun. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville shoppers rise early for Black Friday, but Thanksgiving steals some crowds," 29 Nov. 2019 Deerbrook Mall opens new stores, more to come H&M, an international fashion retail chain store offering men’s, women’s, and kid’s clothing and accessories, will open their new 19,000 square foot store at noon on Nov. 14 in Deerbrook Mall. Savannah Mehrtens, Houston Chronicle, "Roundups: Floor and Decor holds grand opening, new stores debut in Deerbrook ahead of Holiday season," 3 Nov. 2019 If local stores aren’t doing it, why not welcome a national chain store? John Carlisle,, "Dollar store wants to infiltrate popular Up North vacation spot — and town fights back," 2 Dec. 2019 The changing shopping mall landscape has brought about an end to many chain stores that, for years, were associated with indoor malls. Jennifer Johnson,, "KB Toys, Contempo Casuals, Sam Goody: What happened to your favorite mall stores of yesteryear?," 26 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of chain store

1910, in the meaning defined above

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17 Feb 2020

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“Chain store.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of chain store

: a store that has the same name and basic appearance as other stores that sell the same kind of goods and are owned by the same company

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