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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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 Modern times, dominated by chain stores and Internet commerce, have not been kind to the strip mall at Litchfield and Yuma roads. Parker Leavitt, azcentral, "Readers' picks: Worst West Valley eyesores," 16 Feb. 2016 Much of the recent building boom has been residential, but a few commercial projects have brought some chain stores and a medical cannabis dispensary. Miranda S. Spivack, New York Times, "A Baltimore Neighborhood Is Revitalized, With Help From Its Residents," 15 May 2018 Carl says buyers should instead turn to chain stores, which don't sell plants taken from the wild. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "NC's insect-gobbling Venus flytrap is at the brink of extinction. Help might be on the way. | Charlotte Observer," 11 May 2018 In another sign of the stress on the retail industry, Bon-Ton Stores filed for bankruptcy on Monday, becoming the latest chain store to seek Chapter 11 protection. Michael Corkery, New York Times, "CVS Executive Hired to Run Hudson’s Bay," 5 Feb. 2018 Santa Fe, a town of 13,000 residents south of Houston, huddles around Texas State Highway, a main road lined with churches, chain stores and farm equipment rentals. NBC News, "Shock turns to sorrow in small-town Santa Fe, Texas after school shooting," 19 May 2018 This city is already Starbucks-saturated, and San Francisco’s legions of coffee snobs with a distaste for chain stores probably won’t be devastated by the news. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, "Businesses must help make streets cleaner and safer, chamber leader says," 10 May 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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