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 Many chain stores are relatively new to the islands, and some residents say the state doesn’t need them at all. Zoe Glasser, Anchorage Daily News, 3 Aug. 2023 Several big-name chain stores have relatively low rankings—including US mega-retailers Target and Walmart. Eric Griffith, PCMAG, 26 July 2023 And though Alaska has a reputation as an expensive place to live, reader Ronald Bates of Anchorage notes that living costs have been falling as big chain stores pop up in Alaska’s larger cities. Andrew Van Dam, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Mar. 2023 The popularity of crochet and the existence of crochet products in major chain stores shows that there is both a clear demand for this craft as well as a need for it to be produced in a more ethical way. Evan Ackerman, IEEE Spectrum, 2 June 2023 Dollar General shareholders voted to independently audit the chain store’s workplace safety following employee, regulator, and activist demands for better conditions. Julia Malleck, Quartz, 1 June 2023 To keep prices low, the stores have stocked only about 2,000 items — grocery basics — about 3% of what chain stores sell. Sam Roberts,, 28 Apr. 2023 To keep prices low, the stores have stocked only about 2,000 items — grocery basics — about 3 percent of what chain stores sell. Sam Roberts, New York Times, 27 Apr. 2023 Another department chain store, Sears, closed its last outlet in Canada in 2018 after a 65-year-run. Niha Masih, Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1901, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chain store was in 1901

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“Chain store.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

chain store

: any of a number of stores under the same ownership selling the same lines of goods

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