general store


Definition of general store

: a retail store located usually in a small or rural community that carries a wide variety of goods including groceries but is not divided into departments

Examples of general store in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The property is not far from a ghost town, the village of South Mount Forest, which in the 1890s boasted a post office, general store, blacksmith and was the home to the Palos Township office, then the only local government body. Paul Eisenberg,, 19 Dec. 2021 The antiques shop is housed in the former Dale Brothers general store, which was built in the 1870s. Michelle Matthews |, al, 10 Nov. 2021 The Golden Gate Mercantile, an heirloom general store, sells old fashioned sundries, hats and candies. San Francisco Chronicle, 1 July 2021 During prohibition, a nationwide ban on alcohol sales from 1920-33 that started even earlier in Tennessee in 1910, the company had to survive by running a hardware and general store on the town square in Lynchburg that specialized in mule harnesses. al, 24 Dec. 2021 Amenities include a dump station, a general store that sells firewood and propane, laundry facilities and Wi-Fi. Charles Infosino, The Enquirer, 19 Aug. 2021 Near Abbeville, close to Avery Island, Suire's Grocery, a plate-lunch general store famous for its turtle sauce picante and pecan pies, is the best kind of throwback. Eleni N. Gage, Travel + Leisure, 19 July 2021 What was founded in 1881 as a modest general store on Main Street, with the novelty of no-haggling prices, soon had a stupendous five-story, half-block footprint. Los Angeles Times, 14 Dec. 2021 Breiðdalsvík promises that small-town Iceland welcome, with two hotels, the Beljandi Brewery, and an old general store, plus tours to see and experience it all. Stephanie Vermillion, Travel + Leisure, 27 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of general store

1827, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of general store was in 1827

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16 Jan 2022

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: a store usually in a small town that sells many different things including groceries

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