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

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The town has just one traffic light and few businesses — the commercial district includes a pub, a pizzeria, and a general store. Laura Crimaldi,, "Welcome to Millville, where budget fight means dark streets, no trash pickup, and a growing deficit," 11 July 2018 The Avilas have put much thought into their concept of a neighborhood general store. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Henderson & Kane General Store opens in Old Sixth Ward," 20 June 2018 Now we are seated at wood tables in the back of the general store, looking out screen windows as the sunlight wanes over the fields of Coonamessett Farm. Devra First,, "What’s on the menu at Falmouth’s Buffalo Jump? ‘Weird food that only weirdos like’," 11 July 2018 Sackett bought the building 14 years ago and converted the ground floor into a replica of a 19th century general store, a kind of shrine to the art of printing. Carl Nolte,, "At the Box SF, previous eras’ castoffs prove valuable today," 8 July 2018 Before Milk Mantra, Saketa Bhusav Dash lived and worked in another city nearly a dozen hours drive from his home in Odapainga to supplement the income from his family’s village general store, which his wife, Bandita Dash, manages. Bill Spindle, WSJ, "A Milk Startup Takes On 300 Million Cows," 7 July 2018 Last week, the Food Network star opened P-Town Pizza, across the street from The Merc, her much beloved general store and restaurant. Southern Living, "Dream Job Alert: The Pioneer Woman is Hiring," 18 June 2018 The general store, bar and dance hall are open seven days a week, starting at 9 a.m., with the first act at 1 p.m. daily. Zeke Maccormack, San Antonio Express-News, "Area dance halls are the real Texas," 11 June 2018 This is a blip of a Target store, half the size of the suburban versions, and hardly bigger than the old five-and-dimes that were once the general stores of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods. Inga Saffron,, "In Queen Village, life imitates art, but with a Target store and too much parking," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of general store

1827, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of general store

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

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