chain store


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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The ‘60s brought counterculture and dustups with police, followed by resistance to chain stores and condos. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ocean Beach: The neighborhood the ’60s never forgot, where parrots fly free," 28 June 2019 Fred’s downtown had nothing to do with chain stores and corporate raiders and their spiritually and physically embalmed wives. Hilton Als, The New Yorker, "Gay Pride and Stonewall, Through the Eyes of Fred W. McDarrah," 20 June 2019 In the 1930s, my mother, as a college debater, argued for government regulation of main-street chain stores. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Playing monopoly is more than just rolling the dice," 16 June 2019 Tourists are welcome here, but fast-food restaurants and mass-market chain stores are not. Beth Decarbo, WSJ, "Vacation Homes That Feel Like Summer Camp," 14 Feb. 2019 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,, "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

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First Known Use of chain store

1910, in the meaning defined above

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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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