shop·​keep·​er | \ ˈshäp-ˌkē-pər How to pronounce shopkeeper (audio) \

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Desert Sun ICYMI, here are this week’s great reads A gay shopkeeper stands his ground in a Central Valley town, carving out space for others. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Essential California Week in Review: The property listed for a billion, sold for $100,000," 23 Aug. 2019 His husband and business partner, Carlo Barone Lumaga, knows all the local shopkeepers by name; many of them have been there for decades. Ian Phillips, ELLE Decor, "Tour This Fashion Designer’s Dark and Atmospheric Milan Apartment," 23 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile, the other half of the story follows the small, traditional shopkeepers in the area, who are driven out of business one by one. Benedict Evans, WIRED, "Amazon's Revolutionary Retail Strategy? Recycling Old Ideas," 26 July 2019 In the meantime, most residents have been waking up before dawn to get food and other supplies stockpiled by neighborhood shopkeepers and pharmacists inside their homes. Washington Post, "India promises easing of restrictions, food for Kashmir," 11 Aug. 2019 In a two-page suicide letter, Agarwal asked his family to return the nitrogen gas cylinder and collect the Rs5,000 deposit from the shopkeeper. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "VG Siddhartha’s death puts the spotlight on a serious crisis among Indian entrepreneurs," 1 Aug. 2019 Refugee parents often are forced to keep their children out of school, and their skills as shopkeepers, artisans and entrepreneurs are never allowed to flourish in the marketplace. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "There’s a Refugee Pay Gap—and It’s Costing the Global Economy Trillions," 25 July 2019 The shopkeeper, Mandelman said, didn’t seem to mind. Heather Knight,, "What does London lack that SF has in abundance? Misery on the streets," 9 July 2019 Frida bought us clothes and spoke to all the shopkeepers, who knew her taste and offered the shuk’s version of a big sale. Debbie Spingarn,, "A familial journey to Israel, launched with a simple cheek swab," 13 June 2019

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1530, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of shopkeeper

: someone who owns or manages a shop or store


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