chain store


one of a group of retail stores under the same ownership and selling similar merchandise.

Origin of chain store

An Americanism dating back to 1905–10 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chain store

Contemporary Examples of chain store

Historical Examples of chain store

  • In the chain-store system of merchandising we see the opposite extreme of coffee retailing.

    All About Coffee

    William H. Ukers

  • Then he had told me that the chain-store people had made him an offer, and he went to work in their Hartford store.

  • The shop sells as its leaders home-made English tarts that no chain-store could supply.

    Certain Success

    Norval A. Hawkins

British Dictionary definitions for chain store

chain store


one of several retail enterprises under the same ownership and managementAlso called: multiple store
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

chain store in Culture

chain store

One of many retail stores owned by a single corporation and offering similar products. Examples include Sears and Safeway.

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