chain store

noun

Definition of chain store

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

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Wu said the proposal was not meant to be anti-corporation, noting many chain stores, such as drugstores, have a place in every neighborhood. Milton J. Valencia, BostonGlobe.com, "Another Starbucks or CVS? Not without Boston’s OK under new proposal," 11 July 2018 The chain store, which is typically open 24 hours a day, tends to be open for all major holidays including Easter and New Year's Day. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Here Are Walmart's Christmas Hours, Just in Case You Left Someone off Your List," 12 Dec. 2018 Year on year, in the U.S. and across the globe, staff from fulfillment centers to big-chain stores have staged walk-outs to campaign for better working conditions and wages over the peak period. Rebekka Ayres, Teen Vogue, "Black Friday, Explained: A Complete History," 23 Nov. 2018 This atelier is one block off hectic Calle Florida, a busy pedestrian strip lined with chain stores (Zara, Mango). Suzy Buckley, Town & Country, "Buy for Me, Argentina," 14 Jan. 2013 So far, however, CVS is the only chain store that neighborhood activists have allowed in — and that was after more than two years of negotiations with the developer. Katheleen Conti, BostonGlobe.com, "In the shadow of large-scale developments, East Cambridge small businesses brace for impact," 10 May 2018 But for some ineffable reason, there are certain chain stores that contain the warmth, diversity and conversation once associated with Greek diners or soda fountains. Amy Sohn, New York Times, "Quirks and Gossip in a Corporate Cellphone Branch," 6 Apr. 2018 Others might find the arrival of chain stores disconcerting, but Mount Vernon residents took it as a sign that retailers thought the neighborhood had potential. Miranda S. Spivack, New York Times, "A Baltimore Neighborhood Is Revitalized, With Help From Its Residents," 15 May 2018 Other chain stores dove in, and by the mid-1990s, Toys 'R' Us, which had become an international behemoth, was beginning to see declines. Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press, "Mitch Albom: Toys 'R' Us closing makes Parents 'N Us nostalgic," 18 Mar. 2018

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1910, in the meaning defined above

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chain store

noun

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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