department store


Definition of department store

: a store having separate sections for a wide variety of goods

Examples of department store in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a sign of how hard the quarter has been, department store Dillard's said this week its gross profit margin on merchandise had fallen by two thirds to 12.5%. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "J.C. Penney files for bankruptcy and plans to close a number of stores," 15 May 2020 Closed retailers, like department stores and specialty shops, were next, but only, Republican Governor Henry McMaster insisted, if strict social distancing was followed. Jeffrey Collins,, "Southern states largely go it alone in reopening decisions," 22 Apr. 2020 To tackle their most immediate liquidity problem, department stores have taken radical steps. The Economist, "Closed The pandemic is a calamity for many American retailers," 20 Apr. 2020 Children’s departments in department stores went to a telephone and mail-order business model. Paula Allen,, "Much like COVID-19, polio shut down schools, public places in 1946; officials urged hand washing and social distancing," 9 May 2020 The news sounded an ominous note for department stores during the coronavirus pandemic. 6:36 a.m. Chronicle Staff,, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: May 7," 8 May 2020 In 2014 the sisters produced 62 items for retailers; since then the company’s clothes have been stocked at Harvey Nichols department store in London and Riyadh, Les Suites in Paris, PAD Lifestyle in Edinburgh, and shops throughout the Middle East. Sheila Marikar, 1843, "Arab millennials have a new favourite fashion brand," 7 May 2020 And beyond the ownership and debt structure, Neiman has faced similar challenges to other department stores: Consumers have more options to buy clothes than ever before. Chris Isidore, CNN, "Neiman Marcus files for bankruptcy," 7 May 2020 Sales at department stores plummeted nearly 20% from February to March, according to federal figures. Paul Page, WSJ, "Today’s Logistics Report: Shipping’s Bet on Trade; Amazon’s Soaring Costs; Stores’ Opening Hours," 1 May 2020

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First Known Use of department store

1887, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of department store was in 1887

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28 May 2020

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“Department store.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of department store

: a large store that has separate areas in which different kinds of products are sold

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Kids Definition of department store

: a store having individual departments for different kinds of goods

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