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company store

a retail store operated by a company for the convenience of the employees, who are required to buy from the store.
Also called industrial store.
Origin of company store
An Americanism dating back to 1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • “Go down to the company store where the union men are,” commanded Mr. Brotherton.

    In the Heart of a Fool William Allen White
  • The Bell and Stephens store was the largest but it was a company store.

    The Pinos Altos Story Dorothy Watson
  • David had said good-bye to the factor and the clerk at the company store and there was no longer an excuse to detain him.

    The Courage of Marge O'Doone James Oliver Curwood
  • All picks and shovels will be returned after use to the company store room.

    Military Instructors Manual James P. Cole and Oliver Schoonmaker
  • Except at the company store, this scrip was worth only from seventy to ninety cents on the dollar.

    The Coming of Coal Robert W. Bruere
  • Mill Manager Henderson snapped at the chance to run the company store as well as to manage several mills.

  • "Opened a resteraw in the shack below the company store," Big Jack went on.

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
  • Jim Dunn was watching a large consignment of goods for the company store being unloaded.

  • You're as sightly as that thar big wax doll down at the company store.

    The Power and the Glory Grace MacGowan Cooke
  • Even if the employee appears to have a choice, he fears the loss of his job if he does not buy at the company store.

    New Homes for Old Sophonisba Preston Breckinridge

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