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general store

a store, usually in a rural area, that sells a wide variety of merchandise, as clothing, food, or hardware, but is not divided into departments.
Origin of general store
An Americanism dating back to 1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The latter comprised also the post-office, the fish depot, and a general store.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • Gabe described the Simmons general store and its proprietor.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Two old chaps who keep what I believe they would call a 'general store.'

    Mary-'Gusta Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Charles-Norton found the whole population in the general store.

    The Trimming of Goosie James Hopper
  • It was crammed with all sorts of goods like a general store.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
  • It was no settlement of "slab shanties" with a few saloons and a general store.

    Nan Sherwood at Pine Camp Annie Roe Carr
  • Milt found him standing under the tin awning of the general store.

    Free Air Sinclair Lewis
  • He had, then, some general store where his riches were piled up.

  • The first general store was opened by George and Joseph Greene in 1842.

    History of Linn County Iowa Luther A. Brewer

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