- 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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for 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.Dawson Black: Retail Merchant
The shop sells as its leaders home-made English tarts that no chain-store could supply.Certain Success
Norval A. Hawkins
- one of several retail enterprises under the same ownership and managementAlso called: multiple store
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.